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CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP WITH SCIATICA?

Body pain is a grating disruption to the relaxing existence one would hope to endure throughout their life, though as the tale often goes, there's no pleasure without pain.

So most of us unwillingly become objected to this particular annoyance at some stage along the beaten path.

Perhaps it's nature's way of making sure we don't get too comfortable or is a simple reminder to relish in pain-free active moments; either way, let's call it what it is - maddening.
While there's an abundance of different agonies one can endure when it comes to body pain, there is one condition that osteopaths and other health professionals see quite frequently; this particular type of pain is called sciatica.

Thanks to Google and the ability to search for symptoms easily, many clients come into the office knowing precisely what the issue is. In contrast, others blame various other parts of the body and misdiagnose themselves.

Regardless, if shooting pain in the back of the legs and bottom is an irritant that you're familiar with, the culprit is very likely to be the infamous sciatic nerve.

Sciatica is something that takes proper treatment to correct.

So before you go seeking at-home remedies and googling ferociously for answers, let's take a look at what this specific pain is, what may have caused it in the first place, and the best ways an osteopath can help you to heal it.
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WHAT IS SCIATICA?

Sciatica is a form of pain centred around the back, the hips and down the legs.

It rears its ugly and unwanted head when there's compression against the longest nerve in the body – the sciatic nerve.

The origin of the word sciatica dates back to Greek and late Latin languages, so it's undoubtedly a recognised pain that's been bothering humans for centuries.

Today it's believed that 40% of people may experience sciatica at some point in their lives, making it a relatively widespread ailment.

Each person can experience a variety of unique symptoms, though some of the most common are as follows:

  • Shooting or burning pain on one side of the body that is felt in the buttocks, the lower back, down the leg and sometimes feet and toes

  • Worsening lower back pain following a cough or sneeze

  • A pins and needles sensation

  • A feeling of numbness and weakness in the muscles

  • Mobility issues in the affected leg

WHAT CAN CAUSE SCIATICA?

Several things can cause sciatica to surface, and it commonly affects both men and women between the ages of 45 to 64.

If you're a smoker, an overly avid exerciser, or a person whose height and weight rank above average, your likeliness of experiencing sciatica tends to go up.

Any of the following conditions can cause compression on the sciatic nerve:

Several things can cause sciatica to surface, and it commonly affects both men and women between the ages of 45 to 64. If you're a smoker, an overly avid exerciser, or a person whose height and weight rank above average, your likeliness of experiencing sciatica tends to go up.

Any of the following conditions can cause compression on the sciatic nerve:

HOW CAN OSTEOPATHS HELP WITH SCIATICA?

Osteopaths look at the body in its entirety and understand how everything connects.They put puzzle pieces together to calmly heal affected joints, muscles and nerves and determine the root cause of pain so that they can properly fix the problem.

With sciatica, osteopaths use this whole-body approach by healing the whole person rather than just sciatica. They help to ease patients' pain by using hands-on therapies and neurodynamic exercises. So, their techniques for battling sciatica are rather strategic and comprehensive compared to the likes of a doctor.

Unlike many fictional or falsely advertised healing methods out there, Osteo LDN offers long-term rehab solutions and lifestyle-changing guidance.

Our dedicated team of osteopaths are here to ensure our patients live a pain-free and relaxed future so that they can get back to a more comfortable way of living.

We understand the toll sciatica, or any body pain, can take on one's life, so helpful guidance and the proper support can go a long way in terms of recovery.

In addition to using professional and studied therapies to treat sciatica, we are a fountain of knowledge in our field and treat the specific person, rather than just the sole body pain.

Living a perfectly healthy life isn't always achievable; everyone's schedules and routines are unique. So, at Osteo LDN, we make sure to take this into account when meeting with clients.

Together with patients, we build a well-rounded, realistic and individual-focused treatment plan.

Overall, yes, osteopaths can most certainly help with easing sciatica pain, and they can also create thorough treatment plans focused solely on a person's body and routine.
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OTHER SCIATICA TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

While it's vital to seek guided treatment and understand specific causes of sciatica pain, it also helps to know things to avoid or tips that can relieve or stop the problem from perpetuating further.

Here's a list of useful tips and tricks to also keep in mind when dealing with sciatica pain:

  • Increase exercise – this is a key relief! While over-exercising can be known to cause this pain, conversely keeping your body moving can also help it

  • Try not to sit for too long at a time – get up and move around as much as you can in a day


  • Get your ab exercises in – a strong core helps to eliminate pressure on the lower back

  • Ibuprofen – if the pain gets too much, Ibuprofen can help temporarily relieve nagging sciatica pain

  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet – foods that contain sugars or trans-fats are some of the inflammation-causing perpetrators

  • Massage – deep-tissue massages from a professional can improve flexibility and spine positioning

  • Sleep – a good nights rest is a benefit for everyone, but having a deep sleep in optimal sleep positions can definitely help with sciatica pain

If you have any questions about sciatica pain or would like to speak to one of our professionals, please contact us to book a telephone consultation.

We're here to help kiss that bothersome sciatica pain goodbye and good riddance.
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