Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is a condition characterised by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body and can vary in intensity from mild discomfort to severe pain, significantly impacting daily activities and quality of life.

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica is often a symptom of an underlying medical condition rather than a condition in itself. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body, originating from the lumbar spine (L4, L5, and S1 vertebrae), and its irritation or compression can lead to the characteristic pain of sciatica.

Who Can Be Affected

Sciatica can affect individuals of any age, but it is more commonly seen in adults in their 30s and 40s. Factors that can increase the risk of developing sciatica include age-related changes in the spine, obesity, prolonged sitting, diabetes, and occupations that involve heavy lifting or twisting of the back.

Common Symptoms of Sciatica

  • Pain that radiates from the lower spine to the buttock and down the back of the leg
  • Discomfort anywhere along the nerve pathway, but particularly in the lower back, buttock, and back of the leg
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • Severe pain that can make standing or sitting difficult

Causes of Sciatica

  • Herniated or bulging lumbar discs that press on the nerve
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis, which narrows the spinal canal
  • Piriformis syndrome, where the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve
  • Spondylolisthesis, where one vertebra slips forward over another
  • Trauma or injury to the spine or sciatic nerve
  • Inflammation of the spinal nerves

Myotherapy for Sciatica

Myotherapy offers a non-invasive, holistic approach to managing sciatica. Our Myotherapists possess a deep understanding of neural tension and the specific symptoms associated with sciatica. Following a comprehensive assessment, they will craft a personalised treatment plan aimed at addressing the root cause of your sciatica, providing relief, and preventing recurrence.

Treatment modalities may include

Soft and Deep Tissue Massage: To alleviate muscle tension, enhance blood circulation, and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Myofascial Release and Cupping: To decompress the tissues surrounding the sciatic nerve and improve mobility.

Dry Needling: To target and release trigger points in the muscles that may be contributing to sciatic pain.
Stretching Exercises: To improve flexibility and reduce stiffness in the affected areas.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): To provide pain relief through controlled electrical stimulation.

Hot and Cold Therapies: To reduce inflammation and soothe muscle spasms.

Postural and Corrective Exercises: To strengthen the core and lower back muscles, improving posture and reducing the risk of sciatica recurrence.

Myotherapy not only focuses on immediate pain relief but also incorporates lifestyle and ergonomic advice to ensure long-term management of sciatica. By addressing both the symptoms and the underlying causes, Myotherapy can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from sciatica.