Sciatica is a condition characterised by pain radiating along the sciatic nerve and can be debilitating and affect daily life.
It occurs when the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, is compressed or irritated. This compression often leads to sharp, shooting pain, tingling sensations, and muscle weakness, typically affecting the lower back, hips, and legs.
Physiotherapy employs various techniques to manage pain, including ice or heat therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. These modalities help reduce inflammation, ease muscle spasms, and promote blood circulation.
Hands-on techniques, such as massage, joint mobilisation, and spinal manipulation, are integral components of physiotherapy. These techniques aid in releasing muscle tension, improving joint mobility, and promoting the body’s natural healing processes.
Unlike surgical interventions, physiotherapy offers a non-invasive approach to managing sciatica, reducing the risk of complications associated with invasive procedures.
Embracing this holistic approach not only provides relief from immediate discomfort but also empowers individuals with the knowledge and tools to prevent future episodes.