Sciatica – a right pain in the ……!

Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve and describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.

When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause:

  • pain
  • numbness
  • a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes
  • weakness in the calf muscles or the muscles that move the foot and ankle

The pain can range from being mild to very painful, and while people with sciatica can also have general back pain, the pain associated with sciatica usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than the back.

So, can Bowen therapy help clients suffering with the symptoms of sciatica? In my experience – YES! But don’t just take my word for it……..

“I had been suffering with really bad Sciatica for several months. A work Colleague told me about Jules and Bowen Therapy so I thought I would give it a try, nothing else had helped so it was worth a try.
My first visit to Jules she explain about Bowen Therapy and I was a bit sceptical even though it had worked for my work colleague. After the first session the sciatica improved it didn’t go totally but I was in a lot less pain. After 4 sessions it had gone completely it was amazing each session I could feel it happening. I really can’t explain it but it is incredible and would recommend it to anyone. I had a top up session 2 years later but have not suffered from sciatica since. Jules and Bowen Therapy is amazing I just wonder how long I would have suffered for if I hadn’t have had the the amazing treatment.”


P, a bricklayer, contacted me after he had been suffering with sciatica type symptoms for the previous 3 to 4 months. He was experiencing pain in his lower back and pain and a burning sensation in his gluteal muscles (bottom) that radiated down both legs to his feet, and increased during the course of the day (not helped by the physical nature of his job). He was also experiencing occasional pins and needles in his legs and feet.

The pain and symptoms had been getting worse over the weeks, and with a holiday booked to start in a few weeks time, P contacted me to see if Bowen therapy could help him.

When P returned for his second treatment, a week after his first, he had nearly forgotten about the sciatica. He had only had a few twinges that had just started that day. When he had the pain it was also only located in his gluteal muscles and no longer radiated down his legs.

After his second treatment, P said he had no pain at all and only a sense of tightness down the back of both legs.

After his third treatment P went on holiday and on his return reported that he had enjoyed a pain free holiday and had returned back to his physical job of bricklaying and was still enjoying being pain free.

“I first heard about Bowen Therapy from my son, who had googled the best treatment for sciatica. I then searched for a therapist in my area and discovered Jules and The Norfolk Bowen Therapy Clinic. I was very surprised how gentle and relaxing the treatment was. Two days after my first treatment I was almost pain free apart from a few twinges. With each session I have improved and have had a sense of well-being after each visit. I have been so impressed with the results that I have now recommended 3 members of my family to Jules”. P Adams


A very happy client has just left the clinic. Having spent several years living with the pain of sciatica, three session of Bowen earlier in the year has meant he has now spent the last three months pain free.

Coming back today for a ‘top up’ he was still amazed that something so gentle had had such amazing results.


A few weeks ago I met a client who was suffering from an extremely painful case of sciatica. Referred to the physio by his Doctor, the physio had told him that he pain level was such that they could not help.

Recommended to come and see me and try some Bowen, I have just received a message from the client to say that following a few sessions of Bowen, they are now pain free!


Another new client has just left, also suffering from sciatica. When he paid he said “Feels like it is worth every penny, just wish I had started coming 10 years ago.”


That wonderful moment when an emergency client who hobbled into the clinic with severe sciatica, walks out muttering “this is tremendous.”


Client has just left and is due to go to the pain clinic for his sciatica and results of his MRI scan. Three sessions of Bowen therapy and he will report that he no longer has any pain!


10 days ago I saw a client for the first time who had been suffering with sciatica for over 1 year. He came back this morning and when I asked him how he was this was his reply,

“I’m very very impressed. I got off the couch and didn’t feel any difference and to be honest didn’t think it had done much, but by the time I got home I was virtually pain free! My wife had noticed a massive change in my posture and I have recommended you to my Father.”

If you have been living with the pain and discomfort of sciatica and would like to know more or book an appointment, please contact me on 07709 452412 or email jules@norfolkbowentherapy. Why not do something about your pain today?

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