The sciatic nerve can literally be a huge pain in the butt. It occurs when something pushes on the sciatic nerve. This can be a muscle spasm, the spinal discs, and sometimes even the spine itself. Most often this pain is due to muscle spasms or a slipped disc, but it can also be a sign of serious illness. When suffering from the debilitating pain of sciatica, most people will try anything to get relief. Sometimes conventional medicine is unable to effectively treat this painful condition, and physicians might recommend surgery as a last resort. As an alternative to surgery, numerous people have tried acupuncture for sciatica pain and numbness.
Acupuncture for sciatica has become popular with many people who are unable to get relief from traditional medicine. Acupuncture for sciatica has been shown to significantly decrease the amount of pain that is experienced daily.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that an intelligent energy, qi (pronounced “chee”) influences our health. Qi is believed to flow in meridians connecting specific organs and glands, and a blockage of those meridians manifests itself in symptoms and ultimately pain and ill health. Your acupuncturist makes the diagnosis and then treats it by inserting needles into the proper points, which eventually corrects the underlying root of your sciatica. Acupuncture uses ultra thin needles, and sometimes electric current, to stimulate specific points on the body which either needs to have qi/chi added or drained. The treatment is usually painless and can be very effective for providing pain management when administered by a master practitioner.
Acupuncture will help to reprogram the muscles to stay relaxed. In effect, this is working to help the body heal itself. Acupuncture treatment along with a balanced exercise program to increase the support of the muscles around the sciatic nerve is the most effective at relieving pain over the long term. Most acupuncturists will also advise starting an exercise program and changes in the eating habits of clients, because the goal of treatment is the overall health and well-being of the body.