Causes of Sciatica and Treatment for Sciatica.
Sciatica is a condition that I see a good bit of in my day to day practice as a Physiotherapist. Over the years I put the successful treatment of sciatia down down to combining Physiotherapy and Exercise advice for my clients.
Although I frequently relieve people from their sciatic pain within an hour’s treatment, my experience has led me to believe that it is only by diligently following certain physio exercises and postural education, can you relieve sciatic pain without surgery.
When patients present with Sciatic pain, we first work to seek short term relief - typically through mobilisation, trigger point release techniques, dry needling and other physiotherapy techniques. However, a long-term resolution to Sciatica is our ultimate goal.
The ingredient to long term resolution rests in the understanding and dealing with the cause of the problem. Mostly, this is due to the associated muscle imbalances that have caused your sciatica over time and resolving them through mobilisation and corrective exercises.
This section of the website looks at different aspects of Sciatica, and how to treat it.
Before we look at the causes of sciatica, I’d like to say that many clients I see with sciatica have been treating their pain symptoms instead of identifying, and addressing, what brought about the condition in the first place.
Massage may be appropriate where sciatica is caused by specific muscle tightness, and may relieve you of your sciatica symptoms. However, if muscle tightness is secondary to another cause of the sciatica then massage can often cause more pain.
Home treatment for Sciatica is effective. This article presents some general exercises to help manage Sciatica at home. However, you should get an accurate diagnosis from a Physio before preforming any specific exercises.
One of the most painful types back pain experienced in pregnancy is when you have lower back pain and leg pain - sciatica. This is where your sciatic nerve is compressed or trapped due to postural changes or displaced joints.
Clients often want to learn to stretch their sciatic nerve and give themselves some relief to their discomfort, but there are a number of steps to complete before you safely carry out stretches for your Sciatica.
What does it feel like to have sciatica? The short answer is that the symptoms can vary. However, sciatica is always associated with some form of pain and looking at the symptoms can help identify the cause.
Sciatica treatment focuses on addressing the symptoms and the underlying cause of the pain. Often, combination of non-surgical treatments and a structured exercise program may be needed to relieve the pain.
The type of exercises you should do to relieve sciatica are very much dependent on the underlying cause. My recommendation is not to do exercises off the internet, without first knowing the cause of your sciatica.
In summary, sciatica is where your sciatic nerve is pinched, damaged or inflamed - resulting in leg pain radiating from your buttock, often down the back of your thigh. Understanding and diagnosing the cause of your sciatica is the key!
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