Sciatica can co-exist with back pain or in isolation. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated and gives pain down the leg, possibly with altered sensation, numbness or pins and needles. As the pain originates in the nerve itself it can be very severe.
We aim to identify how and why the nerve is being irritated and use gentle manipulation and soft tissue techniques to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Medical acupuncture can also be a useful.
Your long term recovery is important to us. Once your symptoms are under control, we will help you maintain your recovery by recommending gentle exercises and stretches you can do at home to avoid further irritation of the nerve. We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel there is a repetitive activity that may increase the risk of recurrence. We may also offer advice on posture, working position and exercise.
Each treatment is tailor made for your unique problem!
Pamela W. from Plympton is 73 years old and came to the clinic with pain in her left buttock and leg which had started 6 weeks beforehand. She had already been to several therapists about her symptoms but the pain wasn’t easing and she was having difficulty standing and walking. We diagnosed a strain to her lower lumbar facet joint which had become chronically restricted and inflamed causing some irritation of her sciatic nerve. We treated her with gentle stretching and mobility techniques as well as some deep massage and exercise advice. She noticed an immediate improvement and after her 4th session she said she was “300% better”!
Osteopaths are trained primary care providers and are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary.
Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council).
I contacted Mike after being in some considerable pain and prescribed diazepam by my GP. I can honestly say that after my second visit, which was today, the difference is incredible. Highly recommended for the ‘practical’ benefit of how much better I feel but also for the friendly, honest and warm nature that I have experienced.
Melanie (via Facebook)
“I was referred by my GP due to worsening arthralgia and back pain. My GP was also a patient and told me what to expect.
I was delighted that most of the treatment was gentle and effective. It keeps my muscles and joints mobile and reduces my pain and stiffness enabling me to enjoy life more.
I would highly recommend P.O.C. and have done on many occasions.”
A. Hunt, 56