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How Physiotherapy can help Sciatica

how physiotherapy can help Sciatica

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. Sciatic pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica 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, poor bending habits or spinal compression due to osteoporosis

Treatment of Sciatica

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Our Physiotherapy treatment 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


If you are suffering from sciatic pain, then you can trust one of our experienced physiotherapists at NDPE. You can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early, our team will devise a tailored treatment plan to best suit your pain! You will also be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to your pain to aid in your recovery!

Call NDPE on 02 9874 8410.

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