The term ‘sciatica’ is often used to describe severe back pain. Specifically it refers to pain that can spread along the path of the Sciatic Nerve. The nerve originates in the lower back, passes along the back of the thigh (hamstring region), into the leg and extends to the foot/toes.
Generally sciatica affects only one side of body. Symptoms may vary, depending on the cause and the level of pressure placed on the sciatic nerve.
What are the symptoms of Sciatica?
What causes Sciatica?
Things that can aggravate sciatica include:
How is Sciatica diagnosed?
We will take a detailed medical history and conduct a thorough examination to ascertain whether Osteopathy is a suitable treatment for you before we treat. This may involve performing a range of Orthopaedic tests along with assessment of your back, pelvis, hips and legs to consider reflexes, flexibility and strength. If we feel you need referring back to your G.P. for an MRI scan or X-ray, then we can do that for you, with your consent.
How can Osteopathy help your Sciatica?
If Osteopathy is considered suitable then it can be highly effective in helping sciatica, both for an acute episodes as well as long term management to help avoid further episodes. Our treatment is geared towards relieving the pressure on the nerves, muscles and joints, through a gentle combination of soft tissue massage, stretching techniques and joint mobilization.
Learn about the experience of one of our patients, who came to the clinic with Sciatica, by reading the following Case Study – http://cheadleosteopathy.co.uk/portfolio-item/sciatica-case-study-3/
Osteopathy is a physical therapy which uses manual (hands-on) techniques to diagnose and treat structural and mechanical dysfunctions of the body, without the use of drugs or surgery. Soft tissue massage, joint and muscle stretches are used to improve range of movement and reduce pain and stiffness in the muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
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