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Osteopathy and Sciatica


Osteopathy can be a non-invasive approach assessment, diagnosis and management to address sciatica by focusing on musculoskeletal alignment and mobility. It aims to alleviate pain and improve function through manual hands on techniques.


Osteopaths may use a variety of techniques to help with sciatica, including manual manipulation of the spine and joints, soft tissue manipulation, and stretching exercises. The aim is to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve, improve musculoskeletal function, and alleviate pain. Osteopathic treatment is often individualised based on the patient's specific symptoms and needs. It is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, like an osteopath, for a thorough evaluation and personalised treatment plan.



What are the causes of sciatica


Sciatica is typically caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Common causes include:


1. Herniated Disc: Discs that cushion the vertebrae can herniate and press on the nerve.


2. Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal can put pressure on the nerve roots.


3. Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear on the discs can lead to changes that cause sciatic nerve compression.


4. Spondylolisthesis: Displacement of a vertebra can compress the nerve.


5. Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle in the buttocks can irritate the sciatic nerve.


6. Trauma or Injury: Accidents or injuries to the spine may result in sciatica.


7. Tumors: Rarely, tumors along the spine can compress the sciatic nerve.


8. Pregnancy: Pressure on the sciatic nerve may occur due to changes in the body during pregnancy.


It is essential to consult with a musculo professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment based on the underlying cause of sciatica. In most cases it can then be treated successfully.



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