They aren’t your typical hero, that’s for certain…but when you need them…aren’t you really glad they are at your door?
Take Acupuncture to Work Week’s star of the day is… the Plumber!
Plumbing is an occupation that require manual dexterity as well as technical expertise. Plumbers go through strict training programs that prepare them for the rigors of the field, and successfully meet licencing, registration or certification requirements. They are also faced with a multitude of physically demanding tasks, from hauling giant hoses across septic fields to making repairs in tiny cramped spaces, dealing with things that most of us generally choose not to think about.
One would imagine that the plumber’s major complaint is an aching back — hours of toil in the soil can take its toll!
One of the common causes of back pain is Sciatica. 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. Plumber’s misfortune!
Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, 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. That means no -recovering-from-surgery-time!
Acupuncture is wonderful 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. And so’s the Plumber.
This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — 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).
When you (and the plumber) come in, we will look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories, (maybe even including the ones involving septic tanks?). The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.
Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms. Most people clear up nicely. Happy Plumbers! Happy People!
Thanks for those that do such a good job at all the dirty jobs out there…
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Author: Andrée Lambertson
Source: Health Aspects of Plumbing, World Health Organization/World Plumbing Council, 2006