Sciatica nerve pain can be debilitating. For people who have an active lifestyle, sciatica pain can have a particularly negative impact on daily routines as it can hinder even the simplest physical exercises like stretching and walking. In order to properly treat sciatica nerve pain, it is important to understand what symptoms you should look out for and be aware of the many options for treatment that are available, including acupuncture.
How do you know if you have sciatica nerve pain?
There are various ways you can detect this type of nerve pain. While people commonly associate back pain with sciatica pain, medical professionals look more closely for symptoms of leg pain. Basic symptoms of sciatica nerve pain include tingling or numbness down the back of your leg, sharp jolts of pain, and weakness in the leg or foot. Less movement around your lower back and hips can also indicate sciatica nerve pain. If you are still unsure, medical professionals and acupuncturists can apply small amounts of pressure and stretching movements as tests to detect sciatica nerve pain.
Where do people go for sciatica nerve pain treatment?
In many cases, people with sciatica nerve pain can try and stretch their way into relief or ignore the pain as long as they can stand it. This, however, is very dangerous and can lead to more serious symptoms of sciatica nerve pain that may result in a surgical emergency.
In Sydney, there are many different places you can go for sciatica pain treatment. Sydney is home to a wide range of spine and muscle therapists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and non-surgical clinics that offer treatment. We at Wholistsic Natural Medicine welcome people seeking to relieve and remove sciatica nerve pain through acupuncture.
Can acupuncture help sciatica nerve pain?
In Chinese medicine, the interconnected nature of the human body is taken into account when addressing the root of physical pain. As a result, acupuncture seeks to reprogram the muscles, back, hip, and pelvis in a way that helps the body heal itself and become stronger.
According to research conducted by the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture can help relieve back pain and provide pain relief for people suffering from sciatica. By stimulating nerves located in certain muscles and tissues, acupuncture can change the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord while also reducing inflammation and improving muscle stiffness. Acupuncture can also encourage regeneration and repair of the sciatic nerve, fostering a deeper relaxation of the fascia and connective tissue around muscles. Compared to anti-inflammatory drugs, acupuncture has been proven to be a more effective and safer in relieving leg pain associated with sciatica nerve pain.
Acupuncturists will also be able to recommend stretches to maintain the nerve repair and strengthen muscles even after the pain is gone. Stretches that lengthen the spine and rotate the hips can develop good posture, relax stiff areas of the body, and help prevent future returns of sciatic nerve pain.
Sufferers of sciatica should ensure they’re wearing supportive footwear. A comprehensive guide can be found here.