Sciatica is the term used for any pain felt down the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates from your lumber spine (L4, L5 and S1) and runs down your lower back, buttocks, hamstrings and lower leg.

Irritation or pinching of this nerve can cause severe symptoms such as pain, tingling, weakness and numbness anywhere along its entire length down the posterior chain.

It is very important to seek professional advice in these situations as long-term nerve compression can permanently damage the nerve and its function. In these cases your symptoms may become permanent.

Causes of Sciatica

  • Acute accident causing sudden pressure on the discs (lifting, bending, sneezing)
  • Ongoing poor posture leading to increased force through Lumbar Spine
  • Lumbar Disc Bulge
  • Facet Joint inflammation
  • Piriformis Syndrome


Our Myotherapists are highly skilled in assessing neural tension and Sciatic symptoms. They will devise an individual tailored treatment that will target your specific issues and help manage your Sciatica.

Depending on your presentation treatment may include a combination of the following techniques:

  • Soft and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Stretching
  • TENS
  • Hot and Cold Therapies
  • Postural and Corrective Exercises


Sciatica does not have to take over your life, the right treatment and management plan can make a world of difference. If you’re suffering from Sciatica or know someone who is, call Essential Health on 9663 5134 to book an appointment today or to further discuss how Myotherapy will benefit you.