Sciatica (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.
Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, pregnancy, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration, is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery.
Acupuncture is awesome at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. You want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live). We will look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Some of these residual “fight, flight, fall, and freeze” patterns are part of the whoops and yikes that slips and falls cause. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger (for years). When I look at your tongue, I will see for example a little tremor or jiggle as you put your tongue out. There is the evidence to me that you harbor some old injuries. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when I see flinching during touch or treatment, I again know there has been trauma.
Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms at my office. Most people clear up nicely.
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