Updated: Oct 3, 2022
Sciatica pain refers to a pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs down from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Usually, sciatica affects only one side of the body.
Often, sciatica is caused by a herniated disk, spondylosis, arthrosis or an overgrowth of a bone, which puts pressure on a part of the sciatic nerve, therefore producing symptoms like pain, inflammation, and numbness. Sciatica pain can range from mild to sharp and burning pain, sometimes it can also feel like an electric shock. Weakness in the leg or foot with gait disorder are often present as well.
How acupuncture can help with sciatica
The conventional treatment for sciatica is medication (anti-inflammatory, analgesics or others), and sometimes it is accompanied with physical therapy.
Acupuncture offers an excellent alternative and/or complementary treatment. Acupuncture can help to relieve pain and inflammation, it can relax the muscles that may cause or contribute to nerve irritation. Sciatica is one of the most common reasons for consulting in acupuncture at our clinic, and we are able to have great results with our approach.
At your first consultation, we will evaluate your current condition and determine the root cause of your pain. Our priority is to reduce your pain level and to treat the root cause of your symptoms to have lasting relief. You will receive a complete treatment at your first consultation along with a clear treatment plan.
While sciatica episodes can return, there are many things we can do to help manage the pain and lessen the chance of recurrences.
Proactive acupuncture treatment at the onset of symptoms
Adopt regular exercises to build up core muscle strength
Be aware of your sitting posture, especially if sitting for long periods of time is required on a regular basis. Make sure to always support your lower back, and avoid leg crossing.
Pay special attention to body movements, avoid heaving lifting and/or lifting and twisting movements such as shoveling.
If you are currently experiencing a sciatica episode or are subject to recurring episodes of sciatica, contact us as soon as you can. Acupuncture treatment can effectively lessen your symptoms, so that you enjoy your daily life to the maximum!