What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a common form of back pain that affects the lower half of the body. It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine, into the buttock, down back of the leg ending in the foot. In normal life it has to extend much as 1 cm during walking.
What Causes Sciatica?
Pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pins and needles and numbness. It may also cause burning; a feeling of being hit by a cricket bat; a deep aching pressure in the leg or hot or cold sensations. When the sciatic nerve is significantly damaged it can also lead to loss of strength in the leg, or an inability to stand up or walk properly. This is rare but if left untreated permanent nerve damage can occur.
The commonest cause of sciatica is due to entrapment of the sciatic nerve inside the spine. In a typical case of sciatica a disc slips out between the two spinal bones and lands on top of the nerve. There are other causes of sciatica, but these are less common.
Sciatica Relief at the Living Centre Clinic
The main aim of treatment is to take pressure of the disc which in turn takes pressure of the nerve.
We are one of the very few UK clinics who have an advanced treatment bed which provides treatments that surpass what can be achieved by unassisted manual medicine alone. The bed eases sciatica compression by using a soothing rocking motion.
The secret of our success at treating sciatica is due to the unique combination of these spine decompressing treatments with the application of clinical massage and traction at specific points along the spine which further reduce pressure on the spinal nerves. Pain reducing exercises are also taught.
Our treatments are endorsed by GPs and consultants including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and neurologist specialists and we can make requests for MRI's, X-rays , blood tests etc. privately or through your GP. We offer insurance approved pain consultants who are registered with leading health insurance providers.
We believe in involving the patient in their proactively in their recovery. We know if a patient understands what to do and when, they can help speed up recovery and avoid future problems. Following recovery, rehabilitative therapy is available with our experienced Pilates instructor, offering continued therapeutic support.
We can help you ease your pain fast. Call us today 0208 9462331