Sciatica commonly occurs when the nerve is compressed by pressure from inflammation in a damaged tissue (commonly the disc).
Osteopathy can help reduce inflammation to an area of the body relieving pressure on the nerves.
The sciatic nerve can sometimes get trapped by tight muscles in the buttocks giving you pain and/numbness and tingling down the leg.
Osteopathy treatment can relieve the tension in these muscles. There are a variety of self help exercises you can perform too which you’ll be advised to do following a diagnosis.
If the sciatic nerve becomes entrapped, the nerve can get stretched resulting in severe pain/numbness down the back of the leg, and sometimes into the foot.
Gentle manipulation can help to free the nerve from its entrapped position to enable you to move freely.
If you MRI 100 people who have no back pain, around 25% of them will have disc problems. This means that just because you have a disc problem, you don’t have to be in pain. In fact, Matt your Osteopath, also has a disc problem. It no longer gives him
pain however because ensuring all the other joints around the body work better so no stress is placed on the damaged area.
Maintaining healthy mobile hips and upper back help distribute movement more evenly throughout the body putting less stress on damaged tissues.