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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is literally a pain in the bum.  People suffering from sciatica know how debilitating the pain can be as it travels from the lower spine down one or both legs often reaching the ankle.  People report pain when sitting, standing and doing simple tasks can aggravate the pain. Often when I meet clients suffering from sciatica they are in such severe pain they can’t sit for more than a few minutes and need to be moving to keep the pain at bay.  The pain can vary in intensity from severe pain travelling down both legs to a mild pain that can only be felt in the buttocks.

Sciatica can cause pain, numbness, tingling or electrical sensations in the affected leg.  The pain can be sharp and is usually worse in the legs than in the back.  Usually, it is only when the sore point on the back is palpated that the person becomes aware that there is an issue with their back.   The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back, travels through the hips and bum, radiating down  the outside of both legs.  When a problem in the lower back occurs there is a risk of sciatica occurring causes can include herniating a disc, the aging process can cause degenerative damage to the spine or the spine narrows causing spinal stenosis.

How Acupuncture can help?

Acupuncture points are chosen based on the meridian/channels that are affected.  A meridian according to T.C.M principles is an energy pathway within the body.  Usually, the gallbladder channel which runs down the side of the leg and the bladder channel that crosses around the back of the leg are the channels affected.  The acupuncturist palpates the area and finds the most tender/painful spots and needles them to elicit a qi response. The qi response can be felt in a number of ways including a dull ache, tingling or numbness depending on how your body responds.   As part of the treatment electrical acupuncture, heat lamp, moxibustion and cupping are used alongside acupuncture to loosen up the muscles in the back to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

If you are suffering from sciatica why not try acupuncture as an alternative to pain management.  For more information or an appointment contact us for a chat.

 

Post by Pauline Mc Cormack

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for information purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a medical practitioner. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine.

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica/basics/symptoms/con-20026478?p=1