Sciatica Treatment Swindon

Sciatica is not as scary as people make out. We’ve seen it many times at our clinic and helped people recover back to being their old selves. However, when you’re in the middle of a bad bout of sciatic pain it may seem that there is no end in site at all. Thankfully our experience and current research would suggest otherwise.So what is sciatica? It is irritation of the sciatic nerve which can cause pain along any of the sciatic dermatomes (skin sensation of the nerves), namely L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. This may not make much sense to you but just look for the areas on the picture.

Your pain can be along any of those lines in the leg. It can be mild or severe. It can be a deep seated pain, pins and needles, numbness or just uncomfortable. It may, or may not be accompanied by back pain as well.

Brighton Dermatome

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What Causes Sciatica?

Wikipedia summarises the causes very nicely but briefly in traditional physiotherapy terms the following were thought to be the most common causes of sciatica:

  • Slipped/Herniated/Prolapsed Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolithesis
  • Whiplash
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Pregnancy

What Can I Do About My Sciatica

If you have sciatic pain then I’m sure some these sound scary. If you’re pregnant or had a car crash there’s nothing you can do about that, but your pain can still be eased. All of these conditions are legitimate factors in contributing to sciatic pain but more recent research and experience from our Progressive Sports Therapy treatments suggest that sciatic pain can be eased and even cured using our simple and effective treatment protocol.

We have many clients who are now pain free with all of the conditions above. Yet no pain. So how does it work? With a more detailed understanding of the anatomy we look at all factors that can affect the “tension” on your sciatic nerve. As shown in this schematic pain and tightness anywhere along your back from your neck to your toes can affect this tension and therefore your symptoms.

You may have noticed aches and pains elsewhere in your body when your sciatica  is at it’s worst. These may be along the back side of your body, but not necessarily so. They can be anywhere. Any pain elsewhere in your body may be useful to help us understand where the true source of the problem lies and get you a better long lasting result.

Our approach simply looks to remove these limitations in other parts of your body to take pressure off the affected painful regions. It also means that we don’t have to press the bits that hurt and can be extremely painful. Which makes for more enjoyable treatment sessions for everyone involved!

If you’ve been struggling with sciatica recently or have had it in the past and would like to prevent a re-occurrence then give us a call now on 01793 613352 or mail to find out how we can help you recover from your sciatica.  We’d love to help you improve the quality of your life.


  1. Hi, I am suffering with sciatica but also 37wks pregnant, is this an area you cover?


    • Hi Rachel, apologies for the delay in getting back to you. I’m guessing you’re now very close to you delivery date. Yes this is an area we can cover. TO be honest at late stage of pregnancy it is most likely the baby is so large it’s just pressing on a structure that is affecting the sciatic nerve. Hopefully when the baby pops out and you are fully recovered this pain should alleviate itself. If it doesn’t please give us a call on 01793 613352 and we’ll be able to help.

  2. Hi, I have a severe pain that feels nerve like that runs from my left buttock down my leg to just below my knee. Is this sciatica? I also have red marks on my left buttock

    If it is sciatica what would you recommend


    • Hi Steve, yes that’s sounds like sciatica but it’s just a label so nothing too much to worry about long term. All that it means is that your symptoms are caused by an increased sensation in your sciatic nerve. I’ve not heard of the red marks left on the buttock before but theoretically that would be caused by what we call a physiological response. Again caused by increased tension on the nerve. I would get the doctor to check this out first and if all ok give us a call and we help sort out that pain for you.

  3. i had a bad back which has since healed but it has left me with a numb sensation from my hip to my toes in my left leg is this sciatica

    • Hi Andym, yes that’s the kind of thing we see all the time. The tightness from the old back injury will be pulling on the sciatic nerve somehow which will be causing your symptoms. We simply need to release any tension that is left from the original injury and that should gradually ease and remove the sciatic symptoms. If you’d like to book in for a treatment just drop us a line or give us a call on 01793 613352.

  4. Hi

    On the 8th August 2016 I underwent surgery to correct an L5/S1 Reduction of Spondylolisthesis & Interbody Fusion, this was performed privatly and I am still seeing the consultant surgeon, however the issue I have is severe pain from the left hand side/lower back which feels like nerve or disc issue that culminates in very bad sciatic pain from the left buttock to the bottom of the left leg in the ankle area.

    No withstanding my next consultant appointment is this something that you could treat or help reduce the pain

    • Hi Dave, that is certainly something we can help with. Have the symptoms been the same before and after the operation? I would have thought a disc problem would have been picked up as part of the investigation into the spondylolisthesis. It could be that the body hasn’t fully recovered from the surgery and we can help re-align the body and hope to see a reduction in your symptoms. If you’d like to give us a call on 01793 613352 or mail us at with you contact number I can give you a call to discuss.

  5. Hi Jamie

    Thanks for the response, I have a follow up appointment with the consultant on the 10th Feb, I shall see what the outcome of this is and then call you, however to answer your question, the pain is not the same as pre surgery as in not as bad but still painful.

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