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Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management of sciatica, a condition characterised by pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and into the legs. A tailored physiotherapy program aims to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and prevent future recurrences.

Treatment typically begins with a thorough assessment by a qualified physiotherapist to identify the underlying cause of the sciatica and assess the individual’s range of motion, strength, and flexibility. This assessment guides the development of a personalised treatment plan.

Physiotherapy interventions for sciatica often include a combination of manual therapy techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, and stretching exercises to relieve muscle tension and improve  flexibility in the affected areas. Strengthening exercises targeting the core muscles and stabilising muscles of the pelvis and lower back help support the spine and reduce strain on the sciatic nerve.

Additionally, techniques like hot or cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation may be used to alleviate pain and inflammation. Education about posture correction, ergonomic principles, and lifestyle modifications is also an essential component of physiotherapy for sciatica to prevent aggravating factors and promote long-term recovery.

Through a comprehensive approach addressing both symptoms and underlying causes, physiotherapy offers effective relief and management for individuals suffering from sciatica, helping them regain function and improve their quality of life.

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"Cannot recommend the clinic highly enough. Nick treated my daughter after knee surgery. Hugely thorough, knowledgeable and caring. There are physio teams and physio teams.... This is the best I've experienced in years."

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"Nick helped me after I started experiencing pain in my hip/leg from weightlifting. He not only identified and guided me through fixing the problem, but has also given me a great deal of valuable advice for my training. Very happy with the results, would definitely recommend."

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This is probably the best physio practice I've been to. I've been to other 'professional' physios that provide treatment for the sake of appearing to do something. The first session is generally a consultation to examine the issues. The ongoing advice and treatment is fantastic."


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