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Sciatica Pain Relief: Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Massage & Osteopathy in Calgary


What Causes Sciatica?

  • Herniated disc: A bulging or broken disc in your spine can press on the sciatic nerve.

  • Spinal stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal canal can put pressure on the nerve roots, including the sciatic nerve.

  • Other causes: Muscle strain, pregnancy, piriformis syndrome, and bone spurs can also irritate the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of Sciatica:

  • Pain radiating from the lower back down the buttock and leg, often on one side only

  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg

  • Difficulty walking or standing

  • Burning sensation in the leg

How Physiotherapy Can Help Sciatica: Physiotherapy is a first-line treatment for sciatica, proven to effectively manage pain and improve mobility. Here's how Fix Physio's Calgary physiotherapists can help:

  • Manual therapy: Techniques like massage, joint mobilizations, and spinal manipulations can help relieve muscle tension, improve flexibility, and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve [1].

  • Exercise prescription: Our physiotherapists will prescribe specific stretches and strengthening exercises to target core muscles, improve flexibility in the lower back and legs, and promote proper posture – all crucial for alleviating pain and preventing future flare-ups [1].

  • Modalities: Ultrasound or electrical stimulation can help reduce pain and inflammation [1].

How Acupuncture Can Help Sciatica: Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Studies have shown acupuncture can be effective in managing sciatic pain [2]. It is thought to work by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and by improving blood flow to the affected area. Consider acupuncture alongside physiotherapy for a well-rounded treatment approach.

How Massage Therapy Can Help Sciatica: Massage therapy can help relax tight muscles that may be contributing to sciatic pain. It can also improve circulation and reduce inflammation. There is some evidence to suggest massage therapy may be helpful for sciatica, though more research is needed [3]. Fix Physio in Calgary can recommend a massage therapist to complement your physiotherapy treatment plan.

How Osteopathy Can Help Sciatica: Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on improving the overall health of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic treatment for sciatica may involve a combination of techniques to address postural imbalances and improve mobility in the spine and pelvis, potentially relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve [4]. Explore osteopathy as an additional treatment option alongside physiotherapy at Fix Physio.

Why Fix Physio for Sciatica Treatment in Calgary? At Fix Physio in Calgary, our experienced physiotherapists have a proven track record of helping people manage sciatica. We use the latest evidence-based treatment approaches and tailor our plans to your individual needs and goals. Here's what sets us apart:

  • Over 15 years of experience: Our physiotherapists have extensive experience treating sciatica and other musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Latest evidence-based treatments: We use the latest research and techniques to ensure you receive the most effective care.

  • Personalized approach: We take the time to understand your unique condition and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • Focus on pain relief and function: Our goal is to help you not only manage your pain but also improve your overall function and quality of life.

Looking for Sciatica Physiotherapy in Calgary? If you are experiencing sciatic pain in Calgary, contact Fix Physio today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists. We can help you get back to living a pain-free and active life.

Sciatica, a sharp pain radiating along the sciatic nerve (branching from your lower back through your buttocks and leg), can be debilitating. This pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp sensation, sometimes accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg. If you're experiencing sciatica in Calgary, physiotherapy (physical therapy), acupuncture, massage therapy, and osteopathy can all be effective treatment options offered at Fix Physio.

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