Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg. It usually only effects one side of the body and is commonly experienced during pregnancy.
Symptoms you may be experiencing:
- pain going down the leg, often "shooting" in nature, to the knee or past the knee;
- pain in the rear leg that is worse when sitting;
- burning or tingling felt down the leg;
- weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg, foot or toes;
- difficulty standing up due to pain, in some cases;
- pain experienced in the back, buttocks or hip is often referred to as sciatic pain but generally speaking, these are not true sciatic pains.
Initial care - things to try at home:
- lie side-lying with knees up (in foetal position);
- use a heat pack on the lower back.
Our approach to solving your problem:
- We assess the tight muscles through your back, hips and legs.
- Using soft tissue therapy techniques, we loosen the muscles, we can take the pressure off to the point that leg pain decreases or becomes non-existent.
- If you have leg pain that is intermittent in nature or non-constant, soft tissue work can be very helpful with relieving some of the symptoms with sciatic-type pain.
- In severe cases, further medical intervention may be required, in which case we would refer you to a medical practitioner that specialises in this area.
We will then create a management plan specific to you to help you to:
- help settle the pain;
- address the causative factors;
- get you back to the activities that you enjoy!
If you would like one of our Soft Tissue Therapists to help you recover from sciatica, give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.