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Sciatica Treatment In Chelmsford

Effective Sciatica Treatment

By finding the root cause, treating and then creating a plan to keep you pain free…

Common causes of Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, the longest and largest in the body, is pinched. Here are some common causes:

  • Piriformis Syndrome: This is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the lower spine, compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. This can cause pain, numbness and tingling sensations that travel down the back of your leg.
  • Spinal Disc Herniation: A herniated disc occurs when the spongy material between the vertebrae in your spine bulges out of place, pressing on the sciatic nerve. This can cause pain, numbness and tingling that radiates down the back of your leg.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can occur as we age. As the canal narrows, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause pain, tingling and numbness in your leg.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when one vertebra slips out of place over another vertebra, placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can cause pain, numbness and tingling in your leg.
  • Trauma: A traumatic event such as a car accident or fall can cause damage to the spine that results in sciatica symptoms.
  • Pregnancy: As the uterus grows during pregnancy, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in pain and numbness. This is a common condition during pregnancy and usually resolves after childbirth.

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45 Minutes First Appointment £85
30 Minutes Return Appointment £66

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45 Minutes First Appointment £75
30 Minutes Return Appointment £60

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45 Minutes First Appointment £65
30 Minutes Return Appointment £54
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Sciatica explained

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.

How does an Osteopath treat Sciatica?

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.

How long does it typically take to recover from Sciatica?

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.

Treatment Summary

Treatment

The osteopath will then use gentle manipulation, stretching and massage to help reduce pain and stiffness.

No. Of Visits

In some cases, a single visit may be enough to reduce pain and discomfort. In more severe or long-term conditions, a course of treatments may be necessary to achieve lasting relief.

Excercises

We will also provide advice on lifestyle changes, such as exercise or ways to improve posture, that can help support recovery.

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Osteopath Reviews

Keeping Chelmsford Moving
Very good friendly service, would recommend to anyone.
David Brett
David Brett
15:32 15 Apr 24
My experience with Forte has proved exceptional. My engagement has been with Gemma, sports massage expert. I went for a specific issue and now regularly go because she has (a) solved the problem and (b) worked hard on reoccurrence and general well being. If anyone needs a sports massage try her. You won't be disappointed.
Terry Quigley
Terry Quigley
10:28 25 Mar 24
Took my wife kicking and screaming as she didn't think it would solve her week long back pain. An hour later she came out with a beaming smile and I had the look of "I told you so".Awesome service, no doubt we will be back
Mike Venner
Mike Venner
11:05 16 Mar 24
Vey good visit went through what treatment I would need very good treatment very polite has helped my condition hopefully will progress to terminate the pain I am suffering
Stephen Kemp
Stephen Kemp
14:28 07 Feb 24
Chris sorted out my long-standing neck problem which was showing no signs of improving through rest. Great guy - give him a go and I don't think you'll regret it.
Maurice Crockard
Maurice Crockard
13:50 05 Oct 23
Everytime ive needed treatment for my pain the staff have been so lovely, informative and helpful. I always recommend these guys to anyone as i know they go above and beyond to help you. Big shoutout to the new assiocate osteopath Harry who is very down to earth and easy to have a chat with. He did a great job of treating my shoulder pain, informing me about next steps to take, exercises to do and making me feel at ease. 👍✨️
Charlotte
Charlotte
12:04 18 Sep 23
Fantastic clinic, Chris has always been able to get me moving again from running injuries, martial arts to crossfit.Worth a visit!
Amar Mistry
Amar Mistry
11:39 02 Aug 23
Can't recommend Chris and his team highly enough. Professional, knowledgeable, and all round miracle-worker!
Lucy Hughes
Lucy Hughes
12:59 25 Jul 23
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Chris Branch
Principal Osteopath

We understand that taking the first steps to becoming pain free is always a big decision.

I'd like to personally reassure you that every case is dealt with respectfully, transparently and with care.

Please book your initial appointment and our knowledgeable practitioners will be able to guide you toward feeling great again.

Private Health Insurance

Osteopathy is often covered by private health insurance, but in some cases it is an additional element of the policy or you may need to get a referral from your GP or approval in advance. It is best to contact your insurer and ask about the details and process for your particular policy. We can invoice direct to the insurer if appropriate.

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