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Sciatica is a very common problem and one that we see probably most often at Shield Clinic.

The sciatic nerve (the biggest nerve in the body) stems from several locations in the lower back – very much like the branches of a tree.It then condenses into a much larger nerve, not too dissimilar to the trunk of a tree, then the nerves spread out again like the root of a tree into different parts of your lower body.

Depending on the site of the back injury will then very much determine the area you will feel the site of the problem. As a result it can spread from the top of the hips to the tip of the toes.

A common misconception is that you should feel pain all the way down your leg. This isn’t true.

If the area of your back that is damaged controls the knee, then you may feel pain going to the knee, but rarely will it go past that area.

And the problems can come in a few different forms.

A few common symptoms of a trapped nerve are;

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Sharp feeling
  • Tooth ache feeling
  • Shooting pain
  • Burning pain
  • Stabbing pains

The list could go on but that’s the most common thing we see.

On very bad occasions it can lead to a loss of control in the bladder or bowels…..if this happens go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY. It’s a very serious condition and one that we can’t deal with here, but can help after any investigations have been done from the hospital.

One of the reasons we get a lot of success is that we have a bunch of different methods to deal with sciatica. It isn’t a ‘1 size fits all approach’ but very much a individual basis. Personally, I know we get great results because we can do different things t help.

If you or someone you know is having to put up with sciatica then fill out your or their details and we will make sure we get you checked and on your road to recovery ASAP.


When I first came to this Clinic l was in so much pain l couldn't straight on my back, was on a cocktail of pain killers, l thought this was what my life was going to be like. l saw John who said he could help me and weeks down the road l am able to stand up straight walk without any pain and the plus side l have managed to reduce my painkillers by more than half, and l am so happy. John is a really lovely man, he is very honest with you, l couldn't recommend him enough. The staff are all very nice and helpful.

Ann WatsonRet.

I first went to shield clinic with a frozen shoulder and lower back pain. The frozen shoulder stopped me swimming, doing yoga and also normal activities like decorating. At 53 I had started to accept that nothing could be done, but after 2 visits to John my shoulder freed up and after 12 sessions my shoulder was back to normal with total movement and no pain, and my lower back pain was gone. I now visit once a month or so but I’ve got my old life back. I can’t thank John enough!

Clare Stephensonproperty developer

Visited the clinic for over 5 years. Great staff and great range of treatments allowing me to live my life pain free.

Marc DadyProperty developer

What we treat


If you have any of the problems we can deal with then we want to help you. If you fill out the form one of our lovely ladies will get in contact with you to schedule your initial assessment where we will give you;

✔️ Full Spinal SEMg Scan

✔️ Full set of physical tests

✔️Neurological tests

✔️Bespoke report given in layman terms (not the medical mumbo jumbo)

✔️ First Treatment if appropriate

When you do get the call my team will be on hand to answer any questions you have and take care you from the off. We all look forward to seeing you here at Shield Clinic.

John Ryle. BSc Hons, MSST.

** Disclaimer: We have made every effort to be truthful and accurately represent what we do at Shield Clinic. However, there is no guarantee of results. Your level of improvement is based on several factors,some of which are controlled by us and others are controlled by you. Results will obviously vary between patients. We don’t currently employ any chiropractors or osteopaths.