Sciatica, pain down the leg from the buttock or back, happens when a nerve from your lower back is pinched by an injury or joint strain.
It varies from a dull ache that comes and goes to shooting pain all the way down to the foot.
Sometimes with rest and time things improve, but more often the problem doesn’t get 100% better and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable. This means you are stuck, afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.
Untreated, these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world. We would always recommend a course of treatment before contemplating long term medication or surgery, and evidence in research shows 90% of people are very satisfied with their improvement after only six treatments.
Everybody knows about the common causes of Sciatica such as lifting or bending forwards.. Let’s dive in a little deeper looking at what goes wrong with your Sciatic Nerve.
Also known as facet lock, this is where one of the small joints at the bottom of your back gets strained, and the swelling and spasm affects the Sciatic Nerve as it passes by in a small, vulnerable tunnel.
Inside your back are a series of shock absorbers filled with jelly. If you put too much load on them, or wear them out with too much sitting or lifting, the jelly squeezes onto the nerve, a ‘trapped nerve”.
Wear and tear can give you swelling next to your nerve. This can irritate it, giving pain into the leg as that is where that nerve goes.
With age or a history of neck injury, the joints and muscles can end up a bit sorry for themselves. A lot of our work is getting the neck back to 100% by careful and steady treatment to safely reverse the effects of time.
The Sciatic nerve in some people passes through a muscle in the buttock as it passes down into your leg. Spasm or injury here gives you Sciatica, usually with no back pain as your back is actually ok.
An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.
The Back is full of important and delicate structures, and it is important to choose a treatment from an expert you can trust to be both safe and effective. We train for many years to deeply understand Sciatica and how it affects you. We will respectfully, carefully and skilfully propose a treatment plan to get you back to normal again.
This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by, in the end, the miracle of your body healing itself.
And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected. For example, many issues with Hip and Buttock pain actually come from your back.
We have written an informative Blog post about Sciatica, you can read it here.