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Causes of Back Pain, Origin Health Cheltenham


Sciatica is extremely common and can be very painful, but it is treatable using manual therapy and regular, gentle exercise.  In combination, these two approaches can offer relief from the discomfort.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by irritation to, or compression of, your sciatic nerve. The nerve runs from your lower back, down both your legs, and into your feet.

The pain can vary in intensity from tingling to stabbing, shooting, or burning discomfort, which subsides into a dull ache.  Alternatively, you may feel weakness* or numbness down the leg. 

It can also vary in position, radiating from your lower back, through your glutes and/or your hamstrings, possibly down as far as your lower leg and feet. 

However, typically, if your pain is confined to your back then it’s not sciatica but the sign of a different condition.

Not surprisingly, sciatica can make sitting down very uncomfortable.

Our osteopaths can diagnose and effectively treat sciatica at Origin Health, Cheltenham
Our Osteopaths Treat Lower Back Pain and Sciatica at Origin Health Cheltenham

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is extremely common, particularly among middle-aged men (interestingly, it affects men significantly more than it affects women).  

Anything that constricts or aggravates the sciatic nerve can cause sciatica.  This includes a back or disc injury, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or simply tight glutes that press against the nerve as it passes beneath them. 

Being overweight, especially if you are also relatively inactive or spend a lot of your time seating down, are key risk factors.

How Long Does It Last?

It can take several weeks or months for sciatica to clear up and, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for some people to suffer more than one episode a year.

However, it’s generally agreed that manual therapy combined with regular, gentle exercise is beneficial for offering relief. 

Once it has been diagnosed, your osteopath will want to prescribe a tailored treatment plan with rehabilitation advice to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory painkillers may also help bring relief.

* Note: Any strong, sudden pain in your back, or major weakness in your leg should be treated as an emergency and you should seek medical help immediately.

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Treating Sciatica at Origin Health Group

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Osteopathy, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Osteopathy aims to improve the function of the body and reduce pain using a variety of evidence-based techniques including soft tissue massage, gentle-focused manipulation and rehabilitation advice.

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Low back pain & Sciatica | Neck & Shoulder pain | Knee pain | Foot & ankle pain | Jaw pain | Elbow pain
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Shockwave Therapy, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a cutting-edge treatment that uses an acoustic wave to carry high levels of energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues suffering from a range of injuries and other conditions.

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Tendon problems | Frozen shoulder  | Calcified tendons  | Shin splints  | Hip pain  | Plantar fasciitis  | Osteoarthritis 
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Infrared Sauna, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham

Infrared Sauna

The infrared sauna at Origin Health uses infrared light to safely heat the body from within. The radiant heat from the infrared light penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles and tissues increasing oxygen flow and circulation.

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Better sleep | Relieve joint pain | Relief for muscle soreness | Recovery | Relaxation | Improves circulation
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Osteopathy, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Physiotherapists help people affected by injury or illness by using a variety of techniques such as movement and exercise, manual hands-on therapy, education and advice.

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Low back pain & Sciatica | Neck & Shoulder pain | Knee pain | Foot & ankle pain | Jaw pain | Elbow pain | Sports Injuries
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Shoulder treatment, Sports Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Sports Therapy & Sports Massage

Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders, treating pain and injury through hands-on techniques and rehabilitation. Sports massage works on deeper tissues than therapeutic massage and is highly effective at both treating and preventing injuries.

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Promotes healing  | Faster recovery  | Enhances endurance  | Increases flexibility  | Injury prevention 
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Dry Needling at Origin Health

Dry Needling

Dry needling stimulates the body’s healing process by targeting trigger points that have been activated in response to pain, causing surrounding muscles to tighten.

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Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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Massage, Origin Health, Cheltenham

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage treatment uses less pressure than a sports massage and is a combination of relaxation massage and remedial massage.

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Relaxation | Reduces stress and tension | Reduces pain | Injury recovery
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kinesology taping by therapists at Origin Health

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping is a highly successful technique used by our expert therapists to help support the body’s own healing process. 

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Joint, muscle & ligament support | Tennis & golfer’s elbow | Shoulder injuries | Bursitis | Postural issues | Lower back pain
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Nutritional Therapy at Origin Health Clinic, Cheltenham

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy is the use of foods, diets, fasting, supplements, functional foods and dietary counselling, assessment and support to help people reach their health goals. 

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Better sleep | Relieve joint pain | Relief for muscle soreness | Recovery | Relaxation | Improves circulation
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Reflexology, Origin Health, Cheltenham


Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive treatment, applying pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands), which heals at a physical and emotional level.

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Stress | Anxiety | Pain | Fatigue | Nerve stimulation

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Yoga at Origin Health Clinic, Osteopaths & Sports Injury Rehabilitation, Cheltenham


Yoga is a mind and body practice, both spiritual and physical, focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. 

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Relaxation | Increase strength and flexibility | Injury prevention | Relieve stress
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Reformer Pilates, Lydia Waldouk, Origin Health, Elkstone, Cheltenham


Pilates uses different movements and exercises, focusing on spinal and pelvic alignment and breathing, to help strengthen the body, improve posture, prevent injury, increase joint mobility, as well as help to relieve stress and tension.

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Improve posture | Relieve stress |Strength & flexibility | Injury prevention
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