Sciatica treatment

Sciatica is a symptom of an irritated sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve begins in the lumbar spine runs through the sacrum and gluteal muscles, down the posterior aspect of the thigh before it further divides to supply the lower legs and feet.

Sciatica symptoms

Anything that irritates the sciatic nerve can produce sciatic pain and or neurological symptoms like paraesthesia – numbness, tingling or even weakness. However, it is thought that a combination of muscle, joint and bone compression may lead to sciatica. Sciatica typically presents in the population over 40 years of age. It can be an acute condition with symptoms lasting up to four weeks or it may persist into a longer and debilitating problem .

Sciatica causes

In many cases of sciatica, there is not a single obvious cause. Some of the more common reasons for the condition are:

  • Injury – of or within the spine.
  • Spinal stenosis – narrowing within the spinal canal compressing the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis – forward slippage of the vertebra upon the one below pinching the sciatic nerve.
  • Infection of or within the spine
  • Cauda equina syndrome – rare, but a serious condition affecting the lower part of the spinal cord aka “the horses tail” that requires immediate medical intervention. This condition may lead to paralysis if not attended to.
  • Tumor along the pathway of the nerve.

Sciatica risk factors

  • Age – as we get older, dehydration and degeneration in discs increases. This leads to compression and stiffness and increases the likelihood of sciatica.
  • Occupation – any types of employment that require frequent lifting for long periods.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle – people who spend long longer hours sitting compared to active people are more likely to develop symptoms of sciatica.
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How our practitioners help


  • Relieve stiffness from disc and joint issues in your back
  • Improve muscular coordination for prevention of future episodes
  • Relieve pain and symptoms using nerve gliding techniques


  • Soften and release tight back muscles
  • Address tightness in the hamstrings and other muscles that may be putting pressure on your back
  • Manage ongoing stress in your back, shoulders, neck and legs

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