Sciatica is a pain which radiates from the lower back or buttocks down the sciatic nerve into one or other leg, or sometimes both. Sciatica may also be accompanied by more generalised lower back pain.
Sciatica can be caused by a slipped disk or by muscular pressure on the sciatic nerve, typically from the piriformis muscles which is found deep in the buttocks. Sciatica can be aggravated by exertion, coughing, sneezing or straining. In severe cases there may be numbness, weakness and reduction of reflexes in the affected leg.
Myofascial Release for Sciatica
Please also see piriformis syndrome.
The Pain Care Clinic specialises in myofascial release and advanced massage therapy for private clients with medical diagnoses of chronic pain conditions and acute pain or injuries.
The information on these pages is intended to be general information only.
If you are unsure about your own medical diagnosis or options for medical treatment then please consult a doctor.