Sciatica at Nu Roots Health

At Nu Roots Health, we understand how tiring and painful it can be to experience sciatica. You’ll learn exactly how we help other people with sciatica, just like yourself.


Helping sciatica in Havelock

Sciatica refers to a set of symptoms rather than a specific condition. It is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg. The pain can vary from a mild ache to severe, sharp sensations, often accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg. If you’re dealing with sciatica, you’re not alone.

Fortunately, manual osteopathy offers effective techniques to address the underlying causes of sciatica and provide relief.

Discovering the root of low back pain

Some common causes of sciatica

  • Herniated Disc: A herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine can compress the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatica symptoms.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve root canals in the lower back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, leading to pain.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock, can irritate or compress the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: The natural wear and tear of the spinal discs over time can lead to disc degeneration, potentially impinging on the sciatic nerve.
  • Injury or Trauma: Accidents, falls, or sports-related injuries can cause damage to the spine or surrounding tissues, resulting in sciatica.

How Manual Osteopathy can Help Sciatica

At Nu Roots Health, we utilize Manual Osteopathy to address sciatica and provide relief. Here’s how Manual Osteopathy can help:

  1. Comprehensive Assessment: During your initial consultation, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand the underlying causes of your sciatica. This assessment includes a thorough examination, reviewing your medical history, and assessing your posture and movement patterns.

  2. Individualized Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment findings, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan may involve a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle modifications.

  3. Manual Techniques: Manual Osteopaths at Nu Roots Health employ a range of hands-on techniques to address the underlying causes of sciatica. These techniques may include spinal adjustments, soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release, and joint mobilization. By relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve and improving spinal alignment, these techniques can alleviate pain and promote healing.

  4. Corrective Exercises: We will prescribe specific exercises to target the underlying imbalances contributing to your sciatica. These exercises focus on strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, and enhancing spinal stability. By addressing muscular imbalances and improving overall strength and flexibility, these exercises can reduce the recurrence of sciatica.

  5. Postural Education: We will educate you about proper posture and body mechanics to minimize strain on the spine and reduce the risk of exacerbating sciatica symptoms. Ergonomic advice for your workplace and daily activities will also be provided to optimize your posture and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.

  6. Lifestyle Modifications: We will work with you to identify any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your sciatica. By making appropriate modifications, such as incorporating regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and implementing stress management strategies, we can support your overall well-being and help alleviate sciatica symptoms.

  7. Patient Education and Self-Care: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and self-care strategies. We will provide you with information on self-care techniques, such as heat or cold therapy, proper body mechanics, and pain management strategies. These tools will help you actively participate in your recovery and prevent future episodes of sciatica.


Say Goodbye to Pain and Hello to a Healthier, Happier You

Get in touch with our friendly Manual Osteopath and owner, Cassie, to chat to her about how she can help you get out of pain. Alternatively, book online to start your journey to being pain free right now.


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