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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from February 25, 2009
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Sciatica Relief
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What does it mean to "centralize" leg pain?  My physical therapist kept using that word when talking about my sciatica.
—Ottawa, ON

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Centralization is an important treatment principle for sciatica.  Sciatica is the "general public" term for radiculopathy, pain that travels away from the pain source along nerves. 

Centralization is getting leg pain to move to a more central position in the spine.  You can think of it as...

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A good excuse to pamper yourself: a massage can help reduce back pain. Before signing up for weekly appointments or rushing out to buy a hand-held massager, find out if therapeutic massage is a good option for you...

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Understanding Chronic Back Pain
In Pain for Too Long: Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain falls into a couple of broad categories. These categories help doctors treat the pain because every type must be approached and treated differently. The generally accepted forms of chronic pain are:

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