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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.

Our Clinics in London and Maidenhead are easily accessible and making an appointment online is simple. We also offer online video consultations, and a female osteopath, Ella Martin, is available at our Maidenhead clinic.

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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.

Picture showing sciatica pain and the sciatic nerve
Sciatica is caused by pain in the sciatic nerve

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.

Osteopath treating sciatica with physical therapy
Physical therapy is one of the best treatments for sciatica

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.

Robin Lansman discussing sciatica and sciatica treatment
Body Back-Up Principal Robin Lansman is an expert on sciatica treatment

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London Clinic

020 8696 0247
Body Back-Up Healthcare
C/O Doctor Today
182 Finchley Road
West Hampstead
London NW3 6BP

Maidenhead Clinic

01628 624 544
Body Back-Up Healthcare
8a Moor Lane
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 7JU

Sciatica Resources

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.

You may also be interested in NHS sciatica advice and WebMD sciatica advice.

Please note we are not responsible for 3rd party websites and take no responsibility for any harm caused by their advice.

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The information on this page was last reviewed on 25 March 2022 by Robin Lansman DO AHP MIHPE

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