The sciatic nerve is a major nerve of the lower limb it leaves the pelvis through the glutes down the posterior leg into the bottom of the foot.
Sciatica can present as lower back pain usually on one side, symptoms include leg pain with possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness that may be described as pins and needles or a sensory change in the affected leg.
Sciatica is caused by an impingement of the pathway of the nerve this may be due to a herniated disc, muscular or joint problems causing compression of the nerve.
Osteopathy can help by using a variety of manual therapy techniques designed to stretch and decompress the nerve including the area of restriction.This may include improving muscle function, balance and posture and gait. Along with specific stretches and exercises to aid a quicker recovery and reduce the effects of future recurrences.