Finding the right sciatica treatment

Sciatica is a difficult condition to live with and finding the right treatment can be confusing. Symptoms can range from feeling uncomfortable when sitting for long periods, to constant radiating pain, throbbing and numbness down the back of one leg. The pain down the back of your leg is the result of the sciatic nerve being compressed by a disc or between muscles in your buttock or leg. Too often, sciatica can stop you from being as active as you want to be.

Persistent pain can often drive a person from therapist to therapist in search of relief.   Often sciatic sufferers will receive a range of explanations and advice but feel an incomplete or short-lived resolution of their symptoms.

In our opinion, the right sciatica treatment is the one with the highest likelihood of success. For lasting results, we feel you need a thorough approach to address all the factors contributing to your sciatica pain.


What are pre-sciatica symptoms?

  • Pain, burning or tingling down your leg originating in your lower back or buttock.
  • Sitting becomes uncomfortable and you may feel the need to shift your weight from one buttock to another.
  • A tight hamstring that is painful or unresponsive to stretching.
  • Your knee bends when you try to touch your toes.
  • You feel pulling in your calf when trying to stretch your hamstring.

What causes sciatic nerve pain?

  • Scar tissue if it is placing pressure on your nerve root.
  • Muscle strain if inflammation is compressing your nerve root.
  • Degenerative disc disease if a disc irritates your sciatic nerve.
  • Herniated, bulging or slipped disc.
  • A bone overgrowth on the edge of your joint (osteophyte).
  • Stress fractures allowing a vertebra to slip forward on another below it (spondylolisthesis).
  • Spinal stenosis which is the narrowing of your spinal canal.
  • Irritation of the sacroiliac joint.
  • If the piriformis muscle in your buttocks is irritated or pinches a nerve root comprising your sciatic nerve.
  • More rarely, if a tumour or disease such as diabetes is causing pressure on your nerve.

Our approach to sciatica treatment

Our approach is not purely chiropractic, physio, exercise physiology or massage driven.

We’ve developed our sciatic pain treatment approach by treating 1000’s of cases over the last 16 years. Our clinic treats sciatica naturally with a mix of non-invasive sciatica treatments.

We use our hands and a gold standard soft tissue therapy to physically break down your scar tissue. Scar tissue “glues” your muscles together and can rub, irritate and even compress the sciatic nerve. Standard rubbing of your muscles will not break down scar tissue.

It is this factor that is most often ignored or not adequately addressed with standard treatment approaches. It is also frequently the main reason why a sciatica case will not resolve.

We address why you got your injury in the first place. Sciatica can appear seemingly out of the blue. The truth is, the way you breathe, sit, bend and move are adding to your sciatic pain.

Many people are surprised to find out the way they breathe can be a major contributor to sciatica but in the body, everything is connected.

Trigger points in your muscles can contribute to scaitca. Trigger points are problems inside of the muscle that are usually caused by overuse.   They are commonly treated by pressing on the area with your finger, foam roller or a ball. In our experience, this can result in temporary relief but often, the trigger point reutrns as soon as activity is resumed and symptoms return.

How our sciatica treatment differs

Not all sciatica cases are the same, nor is their treatment.

We’ve found a mix of Active Release Technique ®, Shock Wave Therapy and the most useful aspects of a variety of disciplines gives us the best chance of getting lasting relief from your sciatica pain.

What sets our sciatic nerve pain treatments apart is our ability to find the exact location of your sciatic nerve compression. We then free up the surrounding tissues, relieving pressure and your symptoms.

Complete resolution of symptoms can be achieved in a short period of time. Even when your problem has been around for years and other more conventional sciatica treatments have failed.

Active Release Technique ® to physically remove any scar tissue that may be “gluing” your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, nerves etc)
Shock Wave Therapy for severe sciatica pain and persistent trigger points. It sounds a little scary but, high intensity sound waves are directed through the trigger point.   No other treatment works in the same way. There is a bit of discomfort involved but Shock Wave Therapy can work when nothing else has. Most patients will accept a bit of discomfort to achieve lasting results.
Traditional chiropractic methods to mobilise your joints.

Start getting results today. Visit our premier sciatica treatment clinic in the Sydney CBD, across from Wynyard station.

Active Release Techniques

Active Release Technique (A.R.T)® is a medically patented technique that shortens treatment time and provides real and lasting solutions to repetitive strain or overuse injuries. It’s new, it is different and most importantly, it works.

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Shock Wave Therapy (SWT)

Shock Wave Therapy is a new leading treatment for acute pain, chronic pain and trigger point management. It uses a high intensity sound wave (not ultrasound or electrical shock) to interact with the tissues of the body, it is non-invasive.

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Chiropractic Treatment

The goal of chiropractic care is to gradually restore the spine and joints to their natural position and motion, thus improving posture, nervous system function, spine function and overall health. It is a safe, natural and effective form of health care.

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