Sciatic pain is felt when there is unnecessary pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the butt and legs. The reason behind the pressure on the nerves can be due to a pulled muscle, slipped disc, degenerative spinal condition or very rarely, a tumor.
Sciatic pain is more commonly found on one side, as opposed to both sides and can make daily activities difficult. Doing simple tasks such as getting in/out of bed, cars, walking up steps or straightening your leg can result in major discomfort that can be misinterpreted as simply “low back pain”. Numbness and tingling can also occur leading to neuropathy based symptoms.
How Can Acupuncture Relieve Sciatica Nerve Pain?
Acupuncture helps your body heal on it’s own. Acupuncture works by directing blood to the injured area in your body to help speed recovery for a variety of ailments. In terms of sciatica, circulation is directed to the area of pressure, relieving the symptoms of sciatica. This helps relieve swelling and in turn reduces the pressure that is placed on the nerve. Acupuncture has also been shown to help with general mobility and stiffness, both areas of concern when dealing with sciatic pain.
A study in 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland concluded that 85 percent of patients with pain from sciatica were able to reduce or absolutely eliminate any pain symptoms within 6 treatments of acupuncture.
Also, in 2003 an article published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine showed 50 participants with sciatica received acupuncture two times per week for 5 weeks. 40% were reported that they felt completely cured, 56% had substantial improvement and only two of the participants out of the 50 reported zero improvement.
Acupuncture Has Long Track Record Of Back Pain Relief
Acupuncture has a long history of success in the treatment of back pain. It can often help people who have failed to respond to conventional Western medical treatment, including epidural injections which do not always work and can cause long-term side effects such as increased numbness in your legs and decreased mobility in the hips and lower back. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in relieving chronic back pain. It is not only the smart choice treatment wise, but cost wise. Why get surgery or a be injected with drugs when acupuncture offers an all natural and effective alternative?
At our Minneapolis acupuncture clinic we treat sciatic pain and tingling of the nerve. So you can once again be comfortable and free of pain! Call today to set up your appointment at 612-866-4000 or go to our contact page now.