Back Pain Relief and Sciatica Pain Relief Del Mar, CA

Back Pain & Sciatica Relief

Enzo G

Emma W.
Seriously impressed! I haven't found anyone as good as Britta from Performance Refinery in my 7 years living in the USA. As a professional horse rider, I can get bouts of crippling back pain. My last one lasted 6 months and not even prescription medication could fix it. Britta 100% fixed it for me in only 3 sessions. Highly recommend!!!
Denise C.
I have been dealing with kyphosis for over 10 years, and have seen numerous chiropractors, massage therapists, and kinesiologists.  When I met Britta I decided to give her a shot...and not only is she amazing but life-changing. My back is the most mobile it's ever been and the pain level has decreased significantly.
Matt S.
Britta is an amazing physiotherapist. Over the last year, she has helped me recover and get back to 100% from injuries related to my shoulders and back. I would not go to anyone else and refer her constantly. If you have an injury that just won't heal and want to stay active see Britta she will sort it out!
Anthony T.
Britta and her studio are incredible! I have been struggling with pain in my lower back for years and she quickly identified and started working to offer relief in my first session with her.
Sybil R.
Thank God for Britta! I would send anyone here in a heartbeat. She's totally helped me with my lower back pain by working with the muscles surrounding the affected area to loosen and relax them. Combined with exercises to strengthen the area, my back is feeling it's best it's ever been since my herniated disc came about in 2016.
Michelle V.
I've had back pain for the last couple of months and have had to stop working out altogether because of the pain. Even tying my shoes and turning over in bed hurt. After seeing Britta just twice my pain has reduced 10 fold. I feel She is so knowledgeable and clearly has a lot of experience.
Jessica P.
I’ve suffered from low back pain on and off for many years... Following seeking advice from numerous therapists, whom had been unable to diagnose the underlying cause of the problem and only ever having short term relief from my symptoms, I felt like this was something I was going to have to manage for life. As soon as I met Britta from Performance Physiques I felt confident that I was in the right hands and receiving the best treatment and advice to say goodbye to my back pain for good. I’ve only had 3 treatments so far and already my LBP symptoms have resolved!
Lisa A.
I met Britta after being referred by my surgeon. My injuries occurred when I fell down a flight of stairs. I had four bowel surgeries and reconstructive spine surgery, all thru my abdomen, along with extensive soft tissue damage to my back, shoulders, and neck. It has been an extremely long road to recovery for me, which was always to be expected, but that journey has been supported tremendously by Britta’s healing hands. I am now exercising daily, walking strong and tall again and starting to feel like myself!
Chanel C.
Being on young horses my posture really suffered. Britta tailored exercises to help strengthen my body, in particular, core exercises which have helped my position in the saddle and at work sitting in front of a computer. I feel much stronger, my riding has improved and I now do not suffer from lower back pain.
Kea M.
I started to see Britta over someone months ago due to back problems that I had on and off for years. Since then I have watched my posture change and muscles that I thought I would never see again start working properly, it has been a remarkable journey that has only just started and I can't wait to get to the finished result.

Have you got a back injury that causes you pure agony? Maybe you are suffering not just back pain but also other symptoms like pins and needles or numbness sensations affecting your back, buttocks and/or legs. If you’re dealing with back pain, whether it’s due to sciatica or some other cause, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, back pain is so common that 8 out of 10 people will deal with it during their lifetime. Dealing with back pain can be a challenge because it requires a special approach if you want long-term results. Sports science therapy is your most powerful weapon against both back pain and sciatica because it gives both genuine relief and lasting results. The good news is: The majority of back pain and sciatica is very treatable using totally noninvasive methods like the Sports science therapy we offer.

What is Sciatica

Our team is often asked to explain more about sciatica and back pain. Even though you may feel pretty well acquainted with the awful pain, you may not know exactly why it happens. This information can be incredibly helpful as you move through your biomechanics program.

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the human body, is damaged in some way, typically through compression or inflammation. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and travels all the way down each of your legs, and when you have sciatica the pain may follow this same route.

The main symptom of sciatica is low back pain, but you may also have other associated symptoms such as numbness in the leg. Some more severe sciatica cases may also experience an unpleasant tingling sensation in their feet.

Causes of Sciatica

The nerve damage that causes sciatica can happen in several different ways. One common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc. Disc herniation happens when one of your discs moves out of its normal place between two of your lumbar vertebrae. As the disc moves, it pressures your sciatic nerve, and this causes sciatica symptoms like low back pain.

While a herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica, there are other potential causes as well. These can include:

  • Spinal stenosis: when your spinal cord narrows and compresses the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis: when one of your lower back vertebrae slips out of place, often putting pressure on another vertebra and trapping/pinching the sciatic nerve.
  • Degenerative disc disease: this is more likely to happen as the body ages. When the discs begin to wear and undergo a loss of disc height, they start thinning and can cause disc, vertebrae, and sciatic nerve issues including sciatica.
  • Osteoarthritis: when you have osteoarthritis, your spinal joints are highly inflamed. This causes so much swelling that it can impact the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica.

How we can help with Sciatica and Low Back Pain

Research has repeatedly proven that physical therapy is highly effective for sciatica and back pain relief. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended physical therapy for non-invasive pain relief.

Sports science therapy is the most powerful way to fight sciatica and low back pain for one simple reason: it focuses on actually dealing with — and eliminating — the pain at its source. In contrast, taking medications like pain relievers only give you short-term symptom relief. After a few hours, you’ll need more medication and your symptoms will remain. Following effective physical therapy, your back pain and sciatica symptoms will begin to diminish and work towards the goal of achieving resolution for the long term.

Our sports science therapist will perform a complete assessment to determine the origin of your pain and will then customize a plan for back pain and sciatica relief. Your treatment focuses on relieving the pressure on your sciatic nerve, healing damaged tissue and alleviating inflammation. You’ll also grow stronger, improve your range of motion, and take steps to decrease the odds of re-injury in the future.

Some of the treatments used for sciatica and low back pain include:

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Active Release Technique (ART)
  • Spinal traction
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Heat therapy
  • Cold (ice) therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Prescribed strengthening exercises
  • PNF Stretching exercises

The non-invasive therapy techniques used by our team are specially chosen for two reasons: for your specific needs and their high effectiveness rates. Our sports science therapist will use the best in evidence-based treatments to help you beat sciatica pain, both now and for the long term. Start your recovery today! Get sciatica pain relief with sports science therapy. For more information contact us


What are the causes of back pain?

There are a large number of conditions that can result in back pain. For example, poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are just a few of the ways that someone may develop back pain. Injury is the most common cause of back pain. This can happen in one of two ways: 1) an instant, sudden trauma, such as a car accident, or 2) repetitive use that puts excessive stress on the back over time, such as bending down several times throughout the week to pick up boxes. Some other factors that may contribute to your back pain include degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, fractures, herniated disc, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and tumors of the spine.

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain commonly results from a muscle strain or injury; however, it can also develop as a result of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease. Poor posture, car accidents, and sports-related injuries are also common ways that someone may develop back pain. Your physical therapist will focus on treating the root of your back pain, in order to help you regain mobility, function, and comfort.

How can I get relief from back pain?

You can treat your back pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, and using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain, and may even help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What are the best exercises for back pain?

It is common that the muscles used to support the lower back may become weakened from inactivity. We’ll prescribe targeted, easy-to-do exercises that we will walk you through, in order to help your back muscles regain their strength. This will help provide greater support to your spine and reduce any inflammation you may be experiencing. While the best exercises for your back pain are relative to your specific conditions, some common ones your physical therapist may have you do include spine stretches, bridges, and pelvic tilts.