My new massage client arrived complaining of discomfort in his lower back with a “tingling feeling” down the back of his right leg. After I read the patient profile he was required to fill out, I interviewed him extensively to rule out certain pathologies. With the focus on kinesiology or muscles and their movement, I came to an interesting conclusion.
While we were still sitting in my office, I told him I could cure him immediately! He looked quite relieved. Then I said I could only cure him if he gave me all of the money from his wallet. Rather perplexed, he questioned my method of procedure without so much as him getting a therapeutic massage.
On his chart I had noticed that he was a long distance truck driver, transporting freight across the continent and back. Upon entering my office, I observed that he kept his wallet in his back right pocket of his jeans.
“Do you drive with your wallet in your pocket?” Yes, was the answer, so I explained that this problem seemed to be the bulky wallet pressing on his sciatic nerve. I illustrated on a diagram that the sciatic is the largest nerve in the body and is about the girth of the “baby finger” of your hand. It originates in the spinal pelvis area and travels down the back of each leg before dividing into two smaller sciatic nerves in the calf. Thus, the sciatic nerve affects the muscles of the entire back of the leg and part of the feet. Removing his wallet relieved the undo pressure on the sciatic nerve and thence the “pins and needles” feeling of the hamstring muscles and discomfort of his lower back.
A slow, deep massage of the lower spine, or lumbar region, was relaxing accompanied with “wringing” of two hands on either side of the back leg. Firmer finger kneading was required along the right pelvis because over time, the situation of driving with the wallet had imbalanced the hip structure slightly. I never massage over the delicate gland area behind the knees but the three compartments of the calf muscles responded nicely to firm massage as did the feet. Of course, the other leg needed massage too because our bodies are like matching bookends and I believe that energy needs to be in balance.
A job description for a trucker may say “those with hodophobia need not apply” as that is the fear of sitting down! Surprisingly, 20% of long distance truckers average 55 years of age. Do you know that 37,000 more truckers are needed each year through attrition? Imagine the vast quantities of goods and necessities that arrive daily through extreme weather conditions to your community by truck. We need truckers and owe them thanks.
But there are definite advantages to this occupation. As my client so aptly expressed,
“You can’t beat the view from the office!”
Linda Thorn is a Therapist, Charity Event Planner, Educator and Writer who is interested in living a “green life” with a global and universal perspective.