Sciatica & Nerve Pain Treatment in Brisbane

Sciatica is not just “a pain in the bum”

It is the term used to describe pain caused by irritation specifically of the sciatic nerve. People often associate sciatica as lower back pain, aching pain in the buttock, or hamstring tightness.

Sciatic pain is described as an electrical, shooting, gripping pain that travels from the lower back, down the back of the thigh and often as far as the foot.

Irritation of other nerves in the body can produce a similar feeling. Other common areas of nerve pain are down the arm, in front of the hip and thigh and down the outside of the thigh.

Common Causes of Sciatic Pain

Nerves are like electrical wires that travel out from the spinal cord to the tissues they activate. The sciatic nerve can be irritated where it comes out of the spinal cord between the vertebra of the lower back, or along the nerve’s path as it travels through the gluteal muscles in the buttocks and down the back of the thigh. 

Irritation of the sciatic nerve can be caused by:

  • Degeneration of the lower back, narrowing of the space where the nerve exits between the vertebrae
  • Disc bulges pushing on the sciatic nerve
  • Local inflammation from injuries that surrounds the sciatic nerve
  • Postural issues of the lower back
  • Very tight gluteal muscles squashing the sciatic nerve as it travels through the muscle
  • Lack of core strength and lower back instability

Osteopathic approach to Sciatic Pain

The Osteopaths at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane will firstly assess what is causing the nerve irritation. Reflex testing, strength and other nerve tests may be performed to get an idea of how affected the sciatic nerve is.

From there, treatment aims to relieve sciatic nerve irritation by releasing tight muscles and improving the movement of the lower back with gentle mobilizations to help the spine move well and decrease inflammation.

Often postural advice, strengthening exercises, and stretching are given to improve weak muscles or dysfunctional movement to help prevent reoccurring inflammation and pain.

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What to expect from your Osteopathic consultation

Your initial consultation with our Osteopaths will involve discussing the presenting complaint followed by a detailed medical history.  After which the practitioner will perform a thorough examination to determine a diagnosis for your condition.  Treatment will then be performed. You will receive a hands on treatment and be given proactive recommendations to take home to improve your musculoskeletal health.

PRICING Emma Kopcikas:

Initial Consultation           60minutes     $150

Follow Up Consultation   30minutes     $100



Initial Consultation           45minutes     $120

Follow Up Consultation   30minutes     $100

Meet the Osteopaths at Vibe Natural Health Brisbane

Emma Kopcikas Osteopath North BrisbaneEmma Kopcikas

"As I have spent my life surrounded by fitness, I do have a special interest in sporting injuries. From rising stars to weekend warriors, the ability to recover and keep going with your sporting and fitness goals is important to me.

I definitely have an interest in treating babies and children. I never get tired of watching how quickly they respond to treatment. I want to do whatever I can to give a child the best possible start to life whether they are new born, on the move or starting big school."




Arie van der Merwe Osteopath North BrisbaneArie

Dr Arie’s interest in Osteopathy was inspired by treatment of his own injuries as a young athlete. He has an extensive history working with elite athletes and assisting his clients return to their peak health and performance through Exercise Rehabilitation.

Arie enjoys seeing the positive effect Osteopathy can have on everyone from office workers, athletes, weekend warriors, those managing chronic pain and the elderly.



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We are passionate about giving you the education and tools you need to reduce your symptoms and participate in a healthy and active life.




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