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Osteopathy for Sciatica

 

 

Our fully-qualified and accredited osteopaths go above and beyond to alleviate your pain and support your overall health.

London
Osteo Allies HQ, 4 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PG
Surrey
RJ Clinic, 107 The Street, Fetcham, Surrey, KT22 9RD
Hertfordshire
Woodside Clinic, 37a Hermitage Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1BY

Is my back pain due to Sciatica?

Ouch! Pain in your lower back can strike suddenly, or build up gradually over time. It may be relatively mild or excruciatingly painful, and it might run down your legs, even to your toes. That moment of painful discomfort can last just a few moments, or it could become part of your daily life.

Whatever it feels like, and however long it lasts, that pain may be sciatica. It happens when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hip to your foot, gets trapped or pinched in your lower back, or becomes inflamed. That moment of pinching can be short, causing acute pain, or it can continue for weeks and even months, making your sciatica a chronic condition.

The symptoms of sciatica vary from one person to another. You may experience tingling, a burning pain, pins and needles or numbness in your legs. It can introduce weakness, making it difficult to move the foot or leg. Sudden movements and muscle spasms, such as coughing or sneezing, can make it worse. You may also feel pain in your calf or hamstring, which is more noticeable when you sit down.

There are many reasons why your sciatic nerve might be squeezed or inflamed, causing you pain. It’s the longest nerve in the human body and is often affected by the ageing of bones and the spine, as they become worn over time. Other triggers include osteoarthritis and back injuries. Sciatica can be made worse by not getting enough exercise.

Osteopathy, which combines manual therapy with gentle exercises, can help relieve the symptoms of sciatica. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends a combination of manual therapy and exercises for the treatment of sciatica.

How Osteopathy may help Sciatica?

 

Your body is a complex network of skeletal muscle, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels and much more. Your osteopath has extensive knowledge and training in how manual manipulation of your joints and muscles can help address problems such as sciatica.

As a registered medical professional, your osteopath is able to make a diagnosis based on the symptoms you are experiencing and their non-invasive examination of the affected areas. This includes testing of your back, legs and hips, taking into account how strong and flexible they are, while assessing flexibility and the degree of sensation.

In some circumstances this may mean onward referral to a GP, but often we are able to address your situation with our own osteopathic treatment.

The main goal of our osteopathy is to relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve, and reduce any inflammation. However, we look at your body as a whole. Every bone, joint and muscle operates as a single unit, meaning when you’re a patient, we pay attention to more than just the specific pain that brought you to us.

We try to identify the cause of your sciatica, which means learning about your lifestyle and looking at your full medical history. This helps pick up on potential problems, both in your past and in your current activities.

With this information we put together a treatment plan tailored to your requirements.

How we can help you

If you would like a spinal assessment or have an injury please get in touch with us

Managing low back pain and Sciatica

 

Sciatica and other low back pain can significantly restrict your day-to-day activities. Our role, as osteopaths, is to help you get back to your normal routines in a way that reduces the risk of your sciatic problems recurring.

One way of doing this is through manual therapy. This is literally hands-on, where we gently manipulate your bones and muscles to help relieve the pain and restore normal sensation. We are thoroughly trained in how the human body works, which helps us to determine what may be going on under your skin.

You may choose to take your back pain either to a chiropractor or an osteopath. As osteopaths, we approach your sciatica by considering your body as a whole, including your mental health. Our treatments, both the physical manipulation and the recommended exercises, help to bring the relaxation that should aid your recovery.

We will recommend a number of exercises involving normal, gentle movements and stretches. These should help you to enjoy improvement in your condition, while also assisting you with managing any acute or chronic pain.

A practical tip for anyone suffering from sciatica is not to stay in the same position for too long.

Our osteopaths are here to help you get back to living the life you enjoy, by diagnosing and treating lower back pain or sciatica.