Can Physical Therapy Cure Sciatica?

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Are you struggling with sciatic nerve pain and are unsure of what to do? Luckily, our physical therapists in Smithtown are there to help. At The Physical Therapy Experience, we can show you all sorts of physical therapy treatments that will help your sciatica.

One of the best ways to treat sciatica with physical therapy is through deep tissue massages. With deep tissue massages, we will break up scar tissue/ any “knots” that you might have caused you pain. While receiving a deep tissue massage, you might feel some discomfort, so tell your therapist if any discomfort occurs. We want you to be able to heal well, and having pain during your massage is not going to help you heal any faster, so do not be afraid to speak up. 

Another physical therapy method of treating sciatica is hot and cold therapy. Heat therapy works to increase blood flow, and increase muscle flexibility. There are two types of heat therapy: dry (using heating pads) and moist (applying hot towels and taking hot baths). When applying heat therapy, treat minor pain or stiffness for 15 to 20 minute periods, while more severe pain can benefit from longer sessions of up to two hours. Cold therapy, meanwhile, uses ice packs or ice baths. Avoid ice therapy if you have stiff muscles or joints.

One more method we offer at The Physical Therapy Experience for sciatica is ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy provides stimulation to increase blood flow to the affected area. This will also increase your flexibility and range of motion. Ultrasound therapy will decrease swelling and stiffness in the area.

At The Physical Therapy Experience in Smithtown, we will show you a variety of ways to treat your sciatica using physical therapy. If have you been diagnosed with sciatica, and your doctor has given you a prescription for physical therapy, you’ve come to the right place! Our physical therapists will help not only reduce your sciatic pain, but also improve your overall lifestyle.


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