Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, the longest and largest in the body, is pinched. Here are some common causes:
Sciatica is a condition caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower spine down the back of each leg. Symptoms may include pain, numbness and tingling sensations that radiate out from the lower back and down through one or both legs. Sciatica can be quite painful and debilitating.
The sciatic nerve sends signals to and from the legs, allowing you to move them freely. It also carries sensory information about touch and temperature back up to the brain.
An osteopath uses manual therapy techniques to treat sciatica. Osteopathic treatments can include soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, and stretching exercises to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve and alleviate pain. Your osteopath will also provide advice about posture changes and lifestyle modifications that can help you manage your symptoms more effectively. The goal of osteopathic treatment for sciatica is to reduce pain, improve mobility and promote overall well being.
For people living with chronic sciatica, osteopathy can also help to prevent further episodes of pain or discomfort by identifying possible factors that may be contributing to the condition in the first place. By addressing these underlying issues, your osteopath can help you manage sciatica more effectively.
Generally speaking, most people who receive treatment for sciatica experience a noticeable reduction in their symptoms within four to six weeks. However, results may vary depending on the underlying cause and individual circumstances. Your osteopath will monitor your progress throughout treatment and make adjustments as needed.
The length of time it takes to recover from sciatica depends on the underlying cause and individual circumstances. Generally speaking, most people experience a noticeable reduction in their symptoms within four to six weeks with treatment from an osteopath. However, recovery times may vary depending on the severity of your condition and other factors. Your osteopath will monitor your progress throughout treatment and make adjustments as needed.
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