sciatica treatment

Sciatica treatment that works.

Sciatica can be a painful problem to live with and finding the right sciatica treatment can be confusing. Over the past 17 years, we have gained extensive experience in treating sciatica. We have delivered 1000s of successful treatments to Sydney sciatica sufferers with disc bulges and pinched nerves, common causes of sciatic nerve pain.

Most sciatica pain can be treated without the use of medications, injections or surgery. These therapiess should be used as a last resort; only after less invasive sciatica nerve treatments have been exhausted.

What is sciatica pain and it’s common causes?

Most clients believe lower back and / or leg pain is sciatic nerve pain.

For medical professionals, sciatica is technically a “pinching” or compression of the sciatic nerve either in the lower back, buttocks or leg.

A bulging disc pushing on the sciatic nerve most commonly causes sciatica pain.

Don’t miss these early signs of sciatica.

  1. Uncomfortable sitting for extended periods.
  2. Lower back and leg pain.
  3. Stiffness in your lower back in the mornings or getting out of a chair that gets better with moving.
  4. Back of one leg is tighter than the other (tight hamstrings, behind the knee or calf).
  5. Decreased power or incoordination in one leg (especially with a lunge or single leg squat).
  6. Decreased ankle flexibility.

Sciatica treatment at this time helps to: 

  • Minimise sciatic treatment duration
  • Stop the progression of your sciatic symptoms
  • Limit the impact on your activities

No one treatment fixes every case of sciatica.

The best approach to sciatica treatment is not purely chiropractic, physio, exercise physiology or massage driven.

Different treatments affect the body in different ways. A treatment’s success is based on how well it corrects what is wrong.

This is why an accurate diagnosis taking into account all the factors that can be causing your problem is often necessary to fully resolve sciatica and prevent continued suffering.

If your sciatica is not resolving with your current treatment approach, it is often because one or more of the root causes below have not been addressed.

Get a second opinion and visit our premier sciatica treatment Sydney clinic today.  

How we get results at our sciatica treatment Sydney clinic.

Relieving pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Initially, the most severe sciatic symptoms are usually caused by inflammation. The tissues around the nerve swell and compress the sciatic nerve. This generally lasts between 2-8 days.

Treatment at this time is focused on decompressing the disc to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.  We do not recommend chiropractic adjustments during this period (yes we are chiropractors) although it may be used at a safer time.

A bulging disc most commonly causes sciatica. It’s important to consider very few cases of sciatica are due to bad luck. i.e. You’ve slipped or lifted something and now you have sciatica. The discs in your spine are designed to last a lifetime. You need to put considerable wear and tear through a disc before it fails. Figuring out why you’re wearing out your discs and stopping it is the most effective way to prevent lasting damage.

Freeing your sciatic nerve in your buttock or leg.

This is the most commonly overlooked reason why a person does not fully resolve their sciatic pain or return to full function.

When you bend forward your sciatic nerve slides in between your muscles in the back of your leg. It slides up and down by about 4 cm.   If you have a tight hamstring on one side, your sciatic nerve is likely to blame.

If your nerve is stuck, it gets yanked when you swing your leg forward. This results in movement restriction and/or nerve irritation.

You need a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy and advanced soft tissue skills to identify where exactly the nerve is stuck and free it up.  Not all practitioners are adept at performing this essential part of sciatica treatment. Selecting an experienced practitioner can make all the difference.

Re-learning to sit, stand, bend, walk and breathe correctly.

Few people ruin their back all of a sudden i.e. in a fall, accident, lifting something heavy. Most people ruin their back one day at a time. You need to use your body correctly. It’s the little daily movements that add up.

We have developed a mobility and strengthening exercise program for sciatica pain called Move Smart.  It is basically a comprehensive answer to what you should be doing to help yourself and perform at your best.

If you have a body, then you should be learning how to use it correctly with the Move Smart program.

Our clients tell us not only are the exercises effective, but we also have interesting and valuable tips and strategies on how to perform everyday tasks.

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