Sciatica Treatment at Body Back-Up
We are a leading osteopathic clinic run by Robin Lansman. Robin is a past president of the Institute of Osteopathy and regularly gives advice on BBC TV and radio. Robin and our other osteopaths at Body Back-Up are sciatica specialists and also use Robin’s pioneering technique of Functional Active Release to give quick and effective release from sciatica. We also operate a back pain clinic, including generalised lower back pain, and treat other forms of hip pain and knee pain.
As well as being experts in diagnosing and treating your sciatica, we can also help you with professional advice on living and coping with your condition during your recovery – for example with advice on sleeping, the best mattress or chair for sciatica – and will prescribe self-treatment such as bespoke exercises and stretches to aid your pain relief and help you recover as quickly as possible.
We regularly attend Continuing Professional Development and ensure that the whole team is up-to-date with the latest developments and treatments in the field of sciatica. At our London clinic we work closely with the medical staff at Doctor Today, allowing us preferential access to services such as blood tests and x-rays where necessary.
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What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a general term describing pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, running from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the leg, ending at the knee. Although often felt as pain in the lower back, sciatica can be experienced as pain anywhere along this nerve, including the lower back, hips and thighs. Over one third of people are likely to experience sciatica at some point in their life.
Although sciatica is usually caused by a herniated (slipped) disc, there are many other potential causes, including chronic conditions such as spinal stenosis or spondylosisthesis, or an infection. As the body compensates for the sciatica it may also lead to other conditions, such as functional scoliosis. An experienced medical professional will be able to effectively diagnose the root cause of your sciatica and prescribe the right treatment for you.
Pregnancy is also sometimes thought of as a cause for sciatica. However, although most women experience some pregnancy aches and pains, typically back pain, pregnancy is not in itself a direct cause of sciatica.
How do I know if I have sciatica?
Since sciatica can be experienced as pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, it can be difficult to distinguish from back, hip or thigh pain in general. An experienced healthcare professional will be able to diagnose the underlying cause for your pain and also rule out any more serious causes. They can also help you to make lifestyle changes that will help you to avoid sciatica in the future.
In more serious or persistent cases an x-ray or MRI might be necessary to determine the underlying causes of the compression of the sciatic nerve. Although most cases of sciatica can be treated with manual therapy alone, we work closely with the doctors at Doctor Today to have access to other diagnostic tools and treatments when necessary.
As with many conditions, doing your best to stay generally fit and healthy will minimise your risk of sciatica. Strength training is also a good way to build up the body’s resistance to injury when lifting and to developing sciatica or similar conditions.
How is sciatica treated?
Many people consider seeing a doctor for sciatica, but there is a little a doctor can do beyond diagnosing your condition and prescribing painkillers for the pain, or ordering an x-ray or an MRI in more serious cases.
Manual therapy is an effective treatment which targets your sciatica and the root of your pain directly, and many people seek out physical therapies such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy for their sciatica. Our healthcare professionals can assess and treat your sciatica via online video consultation, or at our clinics in West Hampstead and Maidenhead.
Self-care with exercises and stretches is an excellent part of any treatment programme. It is advisable to see a professional to make sure you get the right stretches and exercises for you. Heat can also be effective at alleviating the pain and many people find that heat pads or a hot bath also ease sciatic pain. Like painkillers however, this does little to fix the underlying cause of your sciatica, despite offering temporary relief.
Our Approach to Sciatica Treatment
We are qualified osteopaths registered with the Institute of Osteopathy and General Osteopathic Council. Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy that works by manipulating the muscles and joints in the body to both prevent and treat problems. Osteopaths are Allied Health Professionals who also work in musculoskeletal departments of the NHS. Osteopathy is also a holistic treatment, which looks at the correct and healthy function of your body as a whole, and can identify underlying causes and aggravating factors for your sciatica.
We will give you specialised exercises and stretches for your unique case to allow you to recover as quickly as possible. Your lifestyle and comfort during your recovery are also important, and we will give you advice on factors such as how to sleep with sciatic pain, the best mattress, pillows or chairs for sciatica if necessary, and advice on the use of treatments such as heat pads and painkillers.
We pride ourselves on our 6-step treatment programme. We ensure you are fully involved throughout your treatment, that you are aware of the treatments you are receiving and how they will help, and have a good understanding of the road to recovery and when you can expect to resume your normal activities. Read more on our about us page.
Sciatic treatment normally consists of 3-6 treatment sessions over 4-6 weeks. You can make an appointment quickly and easily online for a video assessment, or at our clinics in West Hampstead and Maidenhead.
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You may find these videos with exercises to help relieve sciatica useful. Please remember there is no substitute for exercises prescribed specifically for you by a medical professional.
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Back Pain Playing Golf
Treating the root cause rather than the symptom
I have visited Robin Lansman and his team for several years after suffering since my late teens with lower back problems. Robin quickly pointed out other areas that could bring on the problems and in actual fact, all the other treatments I had gone through in the past were treating the symptoms rather than the root cause. With a bit of work, and following the exercises, I have reduced my pain to minimal levels, know when things are getting out of balance again and, importantly, know how I can help myself to stop the pain from spiralling out of control.
I cannot recommend Body Back-Up highly enough and have sent several members of my family to Robin so that they can also benefit from his expertise and knowledge.
Robin Lansman was recommended to me by a skiing friend of mine who was watching me struggling with a Locked Back in Klosters. I had been to a sports doctor who, fancy on paper, prodded me, but didn’t actually tell me what to do.
Anyway, I pitched up at Maida Vale and 6 sessions later I am a lot better and my next skiing session was in a different league. Highly recommended!
I emailed Robin Lansman digital photographs of my desk at work and he has tweaked how I sit. Also my bike, which was rejected out of hand as being totally unsuitable such a good idea. As a result my back is miles better.
Body Backup really are very helpful and are highly recommended they will sort you out.
Sports Injury Care
Thank you so much for all your advice and the work you did on my knee and back before the Rome half marathon on Sunday. I completed the race without stopping to walk in 1:54:57, a time I would have been aiming for if I had not been injured, and had the month before the race to train! I really think you helped me achieve this and I am thrilled. Thank you so much.
Spinal Damage – Slipped Vertebrae
Had a long journey so far, with an injury from 2004. Spinal damage – slipped vertebrae (spondy) and torn hip ligament. Had an operation (after 3 years of chiropractic, physio and personal trainer), screws and spacer for my spine. My recovery has been progressing slowly since 2007, but grew frustrated more recently that I still cannot sit, stand or walk comfortably, let alone run.
After 3 sessions with Robin, and maintaining a regular daily schedule of the simple but effective exercises he gave me, my hip pain has greatly reduced, and I am now able to sit, stand, walk and even run comfortably.
I cannot believe the difference these three sessions have made to my mobility and comfort levels. I have known for some time that I needed to retrain muscles to support correct joint movement, but hadn’t found anyone who could help me to achieve this efficiently. Until now. So Happy.
Long Term Back Pain Resolved
I have suffered with back pain for 20 years and seen Consultants, Physio’s & Doctors and none of the advice or treatments helped. Pain relief worked but only to mask the underlying issue. I have probably spent “Thousand of pounds” on medication, private appointments, orthopaedic devices and time off work. AFTER just ONE £45 session my back felt like a “million dollars”. PROPER advice and diagnosis has helped along with my own research. I was not “Power Sold” further treatments, but will be making another appointment next month.
Treatment is a two way responsibility and I am so glad I had finally found a healthcare professional in Karen Phillips, who understood and diagnosed me immediately. Am still waiting for the good effects to wear off! Great nights sleep, drive into work good. Posture issue also identified. The rest is up to me now to maintain and exercise. MANY MANY THANKS I now no longer live in pain or FEAR of back spasm’s.
I was recommended to come to Body Back-Up by my GP. The difference it has made in my life has been tremendous! I have had about six treatments now and whereas I could barely get in or out of the car or stand for any great length of time I now find that my life has changed and I have my fitness back. I have got my life back and my mobility is just so much better now that it was when I first came here to see Robin Lansman. I have got my life back and am able to do all the things I couldn’t do before and in fact have probably never been able to. Thank you!