Osteopathy for Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles)

Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles) has many different causes, different symptoms, and different methods of treatment. The most common symptoms are pain referring to one or both legs and typically originate from joint compression, disc injury, muscular strain, ligament sprain, or direct trauma to the area. Your Osteopath will do a full examination of the area to determine the root cause of your symptoms and can then recommend the best form of treatment.


Causes of Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles)

There are a variety of causes of Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles), these can include (but are not limited to);

  • Muscle Tension: in the lower back, buttocks, legs, or hips
  • Pinched Nerves: compression of the nerves as they exit the lumbar (lower back) spine and cause radiation of pain into the legs
  • Joint Fixation: when joints in the lower back become fixated, this can lead to pain or discomfort in the legs
  • Stress: excessive physical or mental stress can cause tight muscles or increased inflammation
  • Trauma: falls, trips, and whiplash are just some types of trauma
  • Disc Herniation: slipped (prolapsed) or bulging lumbar discs can press on the nerves referring to the legs
  • Poor Posture: slumped posture on the sofa, at your desk, or long periods in awkward positions
  • Overuse: repetitive movements, heavy lifting or awkward lifting can cause a muscular strain

Other causes can include;

  • Hip Instability
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Infection
  • Joint Misalignment



  • Local Pain
  • Numbness
  • Referred Pain
  • Shooting Pain
  • Pins and Needles
  • Stabbing Pain
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Weakness
  • Shaking or limb
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Pain with Movement
  • Muscle Loss
  • Local Swelling
  • Difficulty or pain walking
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Treatment for Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles)

The type of treatment suitable for Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles) primarily depends on the cause of your symptoms. Every day people visit Osteopaths with Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles) and evidence shows that Osteopathic treatment is effective at treating Leg Pain / Numbness (pins & needles). During your New Patient Appointment, your Osteopath will assess your body, complete a medical and symptom history, allowing them to provide a working diagnosis. There may be occasions where Osteopathy is not the right solution for you, and in this event, we will refer you to the correct health practitioner (e.g. General Practitioner).

Osteopathy care can include;

  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Joint Articulation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Soft Tissues Release
  • Trigger Avoidance Mechanisms
  • Stretches

Osteopathy is available at Littlehampton Natural Health Centre Monday to Friday.

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