Osteopathy For Treatment of Sciatica

Sciatica is a very common complaint that many of our patients at East Sussex Osteopaths receive successful treatment for. Chantal Prince, Principal Osteopath at ESO explains more about sciatica and how Osteopathy can help your body to heal.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a medical condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg, becomes irritated or compressed causing pain. This can cause a range of symptoms, typically affecting only one side of your body. 

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Your bottom, back of your leg, foot and toes may feel:

Causes of sciatica

In adolescents and adults, sciatica is generally the consequence of inflammation or pressure from a bulging disc or tight pelvic muscles. In the elderly, boney changes within the spine such as osteoarthritis is more commonly the underlying cause. There can however, be aggravating factors in every case, which you can try to avoid. These include:

What to expect during your Osteopathic consultation and treatment

Your Osteopath will carry out a detailed examination, including how well your neurological system is working. Once your Osteopath has diagnosed the root cause of your sciatica, they will design your treatment and management plan to bring you continued relief and freedom from your symptoms. Your initial consultation will last 45-60 minutes, and subsequent treatments 30 minutes.

How to manage sciatica at home

To reduce the chances of getting sciatica again:

If you think you might be suffering with sciatica, it’s important to see your Osteopath for a professional diagnosis.