Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is the umbrella term used for pain and irritation of the Sciatic nerve. The nerve runs from the base of the spine, through the buttocks, the back of the thigh and ‘true’ sciatica ends behind the knee before the nerve branches into the calf.

What does Sciatica feel like?

The common description is that Sciatica is pain from the lower back running down the back of the leg, the pain can feel shooting or a pulling sensation. However, it is also widely acknowledged that Sciatica is not an ‘all or nothing condition’, this is because the experience of sciatica varies from person to person. One person may experience shooting, another ache or cramping for example.

Symptoms change in a person, from hour to hour, day to day, year to year. Sciatica will not feel the same, all the time.

What is also important is that when it comes to ‘treating’ sciatica, what works to relieve one person’s sciatica, will not necessarily work for others. This is why complete a thorough assessment before providing sciatica treatment at our clinics in Bath, to find where our care and focus need to start.

Examples of what Sciatica feels like:

Fortunately our team has years of experience providing treatment for Sciatica, helping both in the recovery and resolution of Sciatica. You can book with us in Wick or Bristol to have a thorough assessment and start the process of feeling better and healing. 

WHAT CAUSES SCIATICA?

There are so many causes behind sciatica, just because it is a nerve that is involved does not mean that it always caused by a “trapped nerve” which actually, is rarely the case that a nerve is actually being pressed on by two bones or by a disc. However, a pressure exceeding the weight of a 5p coin can reduce the nerve function by 80% so it’s important to understand that even swelling around a vertebrae, a tight muscle or slight misalignment of the vertebrae can cause the same sensation of a truly “trapped” nerve.

Possible Causes of Sciatica:

In our experience ‘Sciatica’ can be caused by any of the listed causes OR the same symptoms can be experienced but the cause is due to more dysfunctional movement in the spine which is being affected by the spine at the higher levels (i.e. the neck.)

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