Effective Treatments for Sciatica


September 30, 2011, 8 am–3:30 pm

Sheraton Sioux Falls
1211 West Avenue North
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Using Massage as Treatment for Sciatica and Hip Pain

Sciatica is a set of symptoms that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of the five spinal nerve roots. Piriformis syndrome, while related and many times confused with sciatica, points more to a specific origin of dysfunction. Sciatic nerve dysfunction affects nearly 40 percent of adults at some point during their lifetime. Among the many possible causes of nerve compression, spinal disc herniation leads the list of much research material, but spinal disc herniation accounts for only 5 percent in sciatica cases. The condition can cause extreme pain and numbness and in some cases, the syndrome has no specific cause. Traditional medical treatment is beginning to be replaced by alternative therapies such as specialized massage with amazing results.

This live one-day seminar will focus on the hip and sacroiliac area. A prolonged sitting posture can lead to tight hip flexor muscles that encourage weakness in the low back. Bending of the knees in this position will cause tight hamstrings muscles, which pull the ischium downwards and further strains the low back. This course encompasses a variety of soft tissue techniques and self-help therapies used in treating debilitating pain of the lower extremities. These methods will be demonstrated in order for participants to see how they can be substituted as non-surgical alternatives. You will not only be able to immediately experience the results for yourself, but will also be able to apply these techniques with various patients.

What You Will Learn:

  • Identify common compression sites of the sciatic nerve
  • Identify lower crossed syndromes of muscle imbalance
  • List 4 contributing factors associated with sciatica
  • Discuss different available treatment options
  • Perform 6 self-help exercises
  • Enhance treatment with active assisted stretching and passive assisted stretching
  • Discuss kinesiology tape treatment of sciatic pain
  • Demonstrate 2 techniques to treat soft tissue dysfunction on the legs, sacroiliac, gluteus, low back, and anterior hip

Your Presenter:
GARRY ADKINS, NCTMB, CMI, has been a Certified Massage Therapist Instructor for 17 years and is a NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider. Mr. Adkins is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society, International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, past president of the Association of Michigan Myomassologists Inc., and featured speaker at the Humanistic Medicine Procedure Lecture, Wayne State Medical School, 2004, and the Michigan Chiropractic Society 2005 Fall Convention. Mr. Adkins traveled to St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the team massage therapist for the U.S. Olympic team at the 2007 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships. He was selected as a team member of the 2002 Winter Olympic Massage Team, Salt Lake City, UT. He was nominated for Massage Therapist of the Year, Detroit Monthly magazine 1992, and was the first person to ever demonstrate massage therapy techniques at a World's Fair in Seville, Spain, 1992 (United States pavilion). Mr. Adkins has also written for Massage Today and Healing Garden Journal.

What Others are Saying:
During the time I had sciatica, I had countless therapies with "very little" or "no relief" of the pain. When I got up off of Garry's table I had some minor sore spots here and there but the burning (electrifying shocks) I had been experiencing for two months prior were gone. I remember thinking will this last, and or for how long? It did. The sore spots went away in a couple of days and the sciatica has not come back. It has been over four months now and all is well. I am so thankful to have found Garry.
Jerry Wowk, Dearborn, Michigan

Many people have become the best they can be because of his gentle concern, respect, and encouragement. These are the students, apprentices, and assistants who might have quit long ago under the tutelage of a less sensitive instructor. Because of his faith in them, they now possess self-esteem and self-confidence.
Ilene Zorbaugh, NCTMB, Assistant Instructor, Irene's Myomassology Institute, Southfield, Michigan

Tags: continuing education, hip pain, massage therapy, sciatica

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