Physio For Sciatica

Physiotherapy has been proven effective in reducing inflammation and easing muscle tension to alleviate pain caused by sciatica. The goal of physio is to reduce symptoms of sciatica and enable patients to engage in their favourite activities pain-free. Our team of physiotherapists here at Head2Toe Carrigaline, Cork will provide personalised care to determine the root cause of your sciatica and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to describe pain that travels from the back of the buttock down the leg, all the way to the feet and toes. The pain is often caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, usually at the buttock level or in the lower back where the nerve roots originate. Other symptoms can include tingling, altered sensation, and muscle weakness. Contrary to common belief, however, lower back pain is not a requirement for experiencing sciatica. It is possible to have leg pain and symptoms in the lower limb without any accompanying back pain.

What Are The Causes Of Sciatica?

Sciatica is characterised by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. The most common cause of sciatic pain is a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, which can cause compression of the sciatic nerve. Another common cause is spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine that can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sciatica?

The types of pain and symptoms for sciatica can vary however some common symptoms may include:

  • Dificulty walking on toes
  • Dificulty bending forward or backwards 
  • Loss of sensation or numbness
  • Lower back pain 
  • Pain within the buttock or lower back area 
  • Tingling or a feeling of weakness in you leg

Physiotherapy Treatment For Sciatica

When visiting Head2Toe here is Carrigaline for physio to help in treating sciatica, the focus is often on low back pain and the pain radiating down the back of the leg. Through a diagnosis, that may involve an x-ray to rule out other potential causes, a tailored plan can be created for the management of sciatica. 

Our physiotherapists aim to alleviate pain and improve function through effective treatment options such as exercise programs designed specifically for each individual’s needs. By targeting the underlying issues that causes sciatica, whether degenerative or due to nerve root compression, the focus is on reducing the pain radiating from the lower back.

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Stefanie Adamek
Stefanie Adamek
Had treatment from Nayna the chiropractor and barry the physio. Sorted my hip and shoulder pain. Thanks so much. Easy booking and overall great experience.
Dots 77
Dots 77
Amazing experience throughout and incredibly professional. Yvonne truly works wonders. Customer service at its finest, brilliant.
Edel Russell
Edel Russell
Excellent treatment and advice from Barry and the team - very professional service provided
Gay Butler
Gay Butler
Dr. Nayna Boohla was incredible adjusting my twisted back and hips after a fall I took in the rain on holiday. She is very caring and incredibly knowledgable at chiropractic and Accupuncture. And only because of her I could continue my trip for another 3 weeks.
Dylan Roche
Dylan Roche
Yvonne is a miracle worker! I was in pain for months with lower back pain and nothing was working--went to Yvonne at Head to Toe and over time she has made my pain manageable and most days non-existent! She listened to me and we worked out a plan that included me getting back to the gym and getting off pain killers, and so far its working out brilliantly! I can actually move again and enjoy my life which frankly, didn't seem possible 6 months ago...I cannot recommend Yvonne highly enough-Thank you!
livvy simpson
livvy simpson
I had my first session yesterday! After years of injuring my back while working I’ve had masseuses refuse to touch it out of fear of damaging my back even more. I’ve had numbness in my arm, terrible sleeping patterns and my lower back locks up very often. Out of fear, I was nervous to try acupuncture but Nayna was so calm and made the process very relaxing. She took all the time she needed, clicking and relieving my back, neck, arms, pelvis and legs. I slept like a baby last night for the first time in ages! My back was so inflamed and I can now feel the instant relief after going only once. It is costly but so so worth it (in my opinion the expense of going to many cheaper places adds up and doesn’t have the same effect). I’m able to go about my day pain free and I’m not even taking any pain killers or anti inflammatories, I feel amazing! Thank you Nayna X
Caoilfhionn Lee
Caoilfhionn Lee
I went to Barry Murphy Mid April for physical therapy treatment due to ongoing pain in my left hip and lower back brought on from running. In short Barry was fantastic. Not only did he help alleviate symptoms he also gave me the tools and skills to ensure that I wont end up in the same place again. Thanks to Barry, I now have a much better understanding of my body and how it works and how to take care of it. Finally he's a lovely guy and completely put me at my ease.
Louise Attard
Louise Attard
Yvonne and her team are amazing! Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't do anymore the things i liked doing day to day with the pain i was experiencing..... Yvonne gave me my life back! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Lyndsey Cremin
Lyndsey Cremin
Yvonne and her team are amazing! They helped me recover from my 1st pregnancy and kept me going through my second. Meeting Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU!
Kinga Susek
Kinga Susek
Yvonne is the best Chiropractic in the world. This charming woman can fix the spine like no one else. He treats everyone individually. everyone is taken care of. Highly recommended.

More FAQs On Physio For Sciatica

Can Physiotherapy Help Sciatica?

The objectives of physical therapy and exercise for sciaticare are to help with: 

  • Reestablishing functional movement patterns without pain
  • Alleviating pain in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, and legs
  • Minimising muscle spasms
  • Restoring the functionality of the lower back and sacroiliac joint
  • Enhancing mobility in the lower body
  • Creating a more conducive healing environment in the lower back
  • Encouraging neurological adjustments to diminish the sensation of pain
  • Preventing future episodes of pain and reducing anxiety related to movement

Physical Therapy And Exercise For Sciatica

Once sciatica is diagnosed, patients may be referred to a physio clinic such as us for expert physiotherapy and exercise to help reduce pain and strengthen the muscles around the affected area.

Exercises to help with sciatica may include stretches and strengthening exercises such as, but will be dependant of the person and problem:

  • Glute bridges
  • Knee-to-chest stretches
  • Child pose stretches

How Can My Physiotherapy Help Me?

Physiotherapy involves non-invasive methods to ease muscle tension and facilitate the healing process. Our physiotherapist will help you by creating a tailored treatment plan that can consist of various exercises to not only help with pain and recovery for the short term but also for the long term. As well as physiotherapy our therapist may also use other forms of treatment such as dry neediling, which is used to treat trigger points in muscles.

Other Forms Of Treatment For Sciatica

Once sciatica is diagnosed, a treatment plan based on conservative treatment such as physical therapy, manual therapy and strengthening exercises. However other forms of treatment that we offer, which can support is dry needling.