The final step in the process is making the changes more neurologically permanent. This task is accomplished through various techniques that stem from a mix Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Functional Range Conditioning and a myriad of other strength and conditioning movements that have been acquired through education courses over the last couple of years. We'll use Sciatic Pain as an example. There is a muscle in the hip called the Piriformis. This muscle sits directly on top of the sciatic nerve. Once we have used the assessment to determine that the Piriformis is the cause of your sciatic pain, and we have used the manual therapy to temporarily relieve the pain, we use various exercises to strengthen and stabilize the hip.
Why would we need to stabilize the hip? One of the main reasons that I have found is, your hip is unstable. When your hip is unstable, the nervous system pulls the hip in tight in order to prevent injury. And the way it does this is with the muscles that move the hip. One of those is that pesky Piriformis sitting on top of that Sciatic nerve. The only way to permanently relieve nerve pain is to re-introduce single leg movement patterns to the hip while simultaneously learning proper core bracing mechanics. As the hip begins to stabilize, the nervous system sends feedback to the brain telling it that the hip is no longer in danger. The end result is, greater mobility, less muscle tension, and no nerve pain.