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I'm Bob Schrupp physical therapist, Brad Heineck physical therapist. Together we are the most famous physical therapists on the internet, in our opinion of course Bob, our humble opinion

Today Brad we're gonna talk about the top seven signs you can heal your own sciatica or herniated discs

This is the work based upon

Robin McKenzie, in fact you may if you like what we're seeing today

You might want to get his book "Treat Your Own Back" kind of you know spells everything out

We also have a lot of videos on it and

It is a nice book. It's made for a patient. It's for the layperson so you can

Understand and follow and treat yourself

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All right, so top seven signs now again

These are based upon Robin McKenzie

And he's you know if you have you know you don't have to say yes to all these

But if you say yes to four or more

There's a good chance you could heal your own sciatic or

Herniated disc or number one you have periods of the day

Even if it's short as ten minutes where you have no pain,

The bad sign is if you're having pain all the time. I mean it just doesn't go away ever, yeah no matter what

You do no matter how you lay down no matter what position you're in so pain

We're talking not only pain, but some numbness tingling going down the leg yeah any pain at all though

I mean if you lay down, and you can't make that pain go away

I mean, that's a bad sign. Again not saying it won't heal because you might have four of the other ones that are good

Number two you're generally worse with sitting and

We should show this Brad

Generally worse with sitting and

Getting up from sitting and the reason behind that is a lot of times Y]you're a little bit flexed, your back is flexed

Even if you sit up straight, your back is somewhat flexed

And then when you get up what happens Brad? You're bending forward. Yeah

It's hard to straighten oftentimes

Generally what we're seeing is if you're doing activities that bend forward make it worse and you straighten up

It's better then that's a good sign so that's number two number three

Is just what I was alluding to if it's worse right after you're doing prolonged bending or stooping like if you're making the bed

And it's a lot worse after that

Vacuuming especially when you're bending and twisting with that

Ironing gardening and this makes me laugh because it was written down laying concrete

I did lay concrete early on my life, and I did it for a year and a half, but I

don't think the average person is laying concrete. I'll tell my wife you quit laying the concrete! Yeah, that's right

You got back pain don't lay that concrete, all right number four it's generally worse in the morning

But it tends to improve after about a half hour. Do you want to explain

What goes on at night Brad in the disc? Oh sure it's one of my favorite things

The disks have fluid inside and when you stand up throughout the day the fluid actually

diffuses out through the walls

And then the disc gets small and at night that fluid goes back in it imbibes

Oh, I stole the word from you

Didn't I, yeah and ruined my story

But the imbibition happens in your fluid

And that's how you just stay healthier because the fluid you get new fluid with nutrients going in and throughout the day

It uses that nutrients and it pushes that old fluid out and there's a cycle every day

So if you're having a disc problem and fluid comes in on it

You can see how that might make it feel worse in the mornings. It's full of pressure, it's like

You're gonna balloon and fill it up, and if it's healthy it's no problem

But if it's sore and you got a bulging disc it all causes issues

Which brings up by the way the interesting fact Brad that

Generally you are taller in the morning than you are at night because you start to squeeze that fluid out by the end of the day

So I'm seven foot two in the mornings

By the end of the night, I'm five foot five so yeah, and as you get older you shrink

That's another story, all right going on generally

It's worse when you're inactive, and it's better when you're on the move a lot of times it's better with walking

That's a good sign

And you should try some walking to see if it does get better because sometimes it's like oh

No, it hurts it hurts it hurts

But then once they walk a few you know a hundred yards, then all of a sudden it starts to feel better

So you want to put it to the test

Number six

If the pain at this point is confined to above the knee you're gonna have a lot better chance of healing it

This is not to say that if it goes below the knee you can't heal it because I've had many people that have

It's just it's again one of those signs. It's better in your favor if it hasn't gone down below the knee yet

And number seven let's go ahead and take this out of the way here Brad if you're better

generally face down

like this laying down

And it starts to feel better after a few minutes and again

You got to put it to the test you actually gotta lay here a little bit because it might hurt when you first lay down

Then that's a good sign so

Those are the seven signs if you have four of them you've got a really good chance of healing your sciatica

I will take a couple pillows Brad

Yeah, actually get a piece of paper out

You might have to rewatch the video and see what signs you have if you

Didn't keep track of it cuz it is can be specific

And if you have the four positive signs you're gonna want to watch our videos on Mckenzie, the Mckenzie program because we're gonna

Just type in Bob and Brad in the

Search engine up top

Type in Mckenzie

M-C-K-E-N-Z-I-E or if you put

sciatica or herniated disc, we'll show you this real quick here Brad

Maybe the beginning of it, want to give me another pillow

So a lot of times some people cannot tolerate laying on their stomach yet to start off

So what they do is they put a couple pillows like this, if you're really bad

I mean if you can lay on your stomach go ahead

But you lay down on your stomach like this and this is all you're gonna do on the first day probably and

Your head may be down but he's talking

But then you know over time what you try to do is start slipping pillows out

And eventually you're gonna get to the point where you slip them all out

And you're flat like this you're gonna lay like this

And then eventually you're gonna do what we call the prone prop here where you're propping on your elbows

I've had this progression in one visit. Yeah first visit

I've had two pillows underneath and within a few minutes take one out and then another

And maybe not all the way up to here in one visit, and that's what you want to see

Or you may be able to lay down on your stomach right away

And that's great so then the next step by the way, you know is gonna be putting your hands underneath your shoulders

And you're gonna start pressing up like this. What are we looking for Brad? What are we looking for the pain to do?

Centralize, so in other words if he's got pain and symptoms going down the leg and you do

like five or six press ups or up to ten press ups and all of a sudden clearly

There's no pain below the knee anymore when before it was to the ankle

It's gone from there, and it's from here up boy. That's great rest a little bit do another ten

You know things are really going good it may

Centralize and get out of the leg completely, if that happens you have a very good chance of healing it through exercise

If you have the other thing going on let's say it's getting worse in the leg when you do this

Then you're gonna have to do some of the advanced things that we do in some of our videos

There's all these different things you can try to see if you can get it to come out of the leg, but that's the general

Goal is to get it out of the leg and you're gonna wanna go further and further

I mean you're back again as pain will allow you want it to actually feel better

But you eventually want to press all the way up like this

Now this is something again that you're not just doing once a day

You're trying to do this five to eight times a day

Like ten repetitions, right and you're not gonna have to do it for months at a time

Once it starts improving

It can progress quite rapidly within a week you may be not a hundred percent but much better

And I've had people that we've actually had them take

Cardboard to their factory and they they go down into a you know into the corner and actually do some press ups

The cardboard is because the floor is dirty. Yeah

Exactly, but you know

This is very

This very much can disable you for

And you you're not able to work so a lot of people are willing to do things like that because it

Really does affect your life. I mean it affects everything you do. I had a really good patient this is a true story

He was having success with his press-ups, and they had a scheduled trip to Las Vegas and they went

And they were in a store because his wife was shopping, and he's down. He goes down in an aisle right in the store

Well, I'll tell you what's funny is if you go to a conference with physical therapists

You know you have a roomful of therapists. They don't think twice of doing things like that

I mean I've seen people they'll get up in the middle while someone's talking,

Because eventually hopefully what you can do is actually standing back bends too like this

They usually don't come until later that you can do those and you see people doing stuff like that all the time at conferences

Well, you know if you're a therapist you could appreciate this, if not you're just getting bored

All right again check out our other videos on the McKenzie Technique

We got lots of them or like you said sciatica

And we'll hopefully get you on the road to recovery, right and again the McKenzie book

It's only like I think around $10

It's a lot lot cheaper than a $200 visit to the doctor, right yeah, thanks for watching.

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