Do Osteopaths Treat Sciatica?
Yes, Osteopaths do treat Sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a medical condition of pain travelling down the leg from the lower back. This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. About 90% of the time sciatica is due to a spinal disc in the low back bulging and pressing on nerves which serve the leg (the 'Sciatic' nerve).
Why Do Discs Bulge?
Discs bulge the same reason an over-filled hamburger patty can slide out from between top and bottom bun segments. A vertebral disc (the hamburger patty) is a movable part, resting between two vertebral bones (the top and bottom of the bun). When the vertebrae are aligned properly, pressure keeps the disc between the bones. When misalignment occurs (possibly due to injury or chronic positioning/use) pressure becomes imbalanced and discs are forced out to the side.
Osteopathic Treatment Of Sciatica
Treating Sciatica means putting the burger back in the bun and rebalancing the body so it doesn't come out again. This is done with gentle mechanical adjustments aimed to restore proper alignment to the offending vertebrae and all other contributing areas. Patients can expect pain reduction after the first treatment, but several treatments may be required for an effective long-term fix. Call your osteopath to discuss your specific case.
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