Acupuncture for Sciatica Overview

Are you looking for a way to treat your sciatica pain that’s supplemental to medications? Or, are you allergic to sciatica pain medication or don’t like the way these medications make you feel? Acupuncture for sciatic pain can be a helpful tool for people who are looking for a way to manage the pain caused by damage to the sciatic nerve. Here at Acupuncture Zen, we offer acupuncture sessions that can help people diagnosed with sciatica an alternative, relaxing, and successful method to managing pain symptoms caused by sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a diagnosis that typically is identified when a person is dealing with low back pain, leg pain and numbness, or foot pain and numbness. Essentially, sciatica is when the sciatic nerve or nerves becomes compressed or damaged either by injury or defect, which can lead to this specific set of nerves becoming inflamed. Once inflamed, the damaged or disrupted nerve leads to unrelenting and chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica involves a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling, and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body. Pain can be severe in prolonged exposure to cold weather.

Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms often differs, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms and pain levels.

Common Causes

  • Compression of Lumbar Nerves L3, L4, or L5
  • Compression of Sacral Nerves S1, S2, or S3
  • Compression of the Sciatic Nerve
  • Fracture of a spinal vertebrae
  • Compression of the lumbar and nerves due to pregnancy

Tightening of the Muscles Can Also Cause Sciatica

While injury and compression of the nerves are the main causes of sciatica, muscle tightening can also cause compression of the sciatic nerves that can lead to symptoms of sciatica. This is especially true for athletes and people who may have overused back muscles by lifting heavy objects. When muscles near the sciatic nerve are overworked, they can become inflamed and swell up, which can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. And, lead to pain and numbness of the back, legs, and feet. So, while a person may not have sciatica permanently, they can still experience the effects of sciatica if there is muscle tightening around this specific nerve.

How Acupuncture Can Help With Sciatic Nerve Pain

Acupuncture is a great tool for managing pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve for a number of reasons including:

  • relaxing of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve
  • increasing blood circulation to the area surrounding the sciatic nerve
  • reducing inflammation which causes pain
  • stimulation of release of neurotransmitters which are responsible for pain management

Acupuncture for sciatic pain is a great tool because it is effective without the use of pain medications, which can be damaging to many. And, promote an unlimited list of side effects. Acupuncture offers no adverse side effects, so it can be used as little or as much as a patient wants without the worry of side effects. Furthermore, it’s completely safe to use and doesn’t require any invasive treatment options, like other options for treating sciatic nerve pain. Finally, for people who are already using prescription medications or have undergone procedures for sciatic pain, acupuncture can be used in combination with these treatments to increase the efficiency of recovery and provide supplemental pain relief.

Getting Help for Sciatic Nerve Pain From Acupuncture Zen

Here at Acupuncture Zen, we believe in the power of acupuncture in that it can help reduce pain levels for a number of issues including sciatica. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of sciatica, consider utilizing acupuncture at our clinic located in Delray Beach, FL. Find out more about our clinic and our services from our website.

Common Symptoms

Common Symptoms

  • low back pain
  • leg pain
  • muscular weakness
  • numbness
  • foot pain
  • tingling

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