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Effective Physio For Sciatica at Fairfield

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is characterised by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatica pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring. 

Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.

Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.

 Physiotherapy for sciatica can effectively address these symptoms.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.

Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including:

  • piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve) spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction
  • herniated disc, disc prolapse
  • osteoarthritis
  • poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
  • poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
  • spinal compressions due to osteoporosis


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Physiotherapy For Sciatica Diagnosis

Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physiotherapists’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.

Physio for sciatica always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posture pro scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.

Physio for Sciatica Treatment

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Physiotherapy for sciatica aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:

  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
  • In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery

If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early.. please contact us to begin your care today!

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FAQ: Physio for Sciatica

What is physio for sciatica?

Physio for sciatica involves specialised treatments and exercises designed to alleviate sciatica pain by addressing the underlying causes, such as nerve compression and muscle tension. It aims to reduce pain, restore mobility, and prevent future occurrences of sciatica.

How does physiotherapy for sciatica work?

Physiotherapy for sciatica works by identifying the root cause of sciatic nerve compression through a thorough examination and diagnostic tests. Treatment may include spinal mobilisation, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and advice on posture and activity modification to reduce nerve pressure and promote healing.

How soon can I expect relief from sciatica with physiotherapy?

Relief from sciatica with physiotherapy varies depending on the severity and underlying causes. Some patients notice improvement after a few sessions, while others may require longer-term treatment for significant results.