Sciatica: More than Just a Pain in the Butt

Sciatica is a diagnosis shared by 10% of the US population, with a 40% lifetime incidence.  Not only does the World Health Organization recognize it as a condition that acupuncture is effective in treating, but it also appears in most “commonly treated” lists.

What is Sciatica?  Sciatic-Nerve-Pain-Relief-111

The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body and begins in the lower spine travelling down the buttocks and through the leg.  “Sciatica” is often caused when something puts pressure on the nerve, including muscle spasms of the piriformis.  The irritation of the nerve results in radiating pain, often with tingling and numbness.   Causes vary and may include: occupational injury, high heeled shoes, long periods of sitting or standing, and pregnancy.

Self Help:

  • Avoid sitting for long periods get up from your desk and stand/stretch every hour
  • Avoid crossing your legs.
  • Engage in strengthening exercise, especially of the core region.
  • Massage will help relax the muscles that may be spasms causing the nerve irritation.
  • Acupressure.

How Acupuncture Can Help:

  • Acupuncture reduces the pain and inflammation of sciatica by stimulating endorphine release.
  • It improves blood flow to the lower back increasing circulation.
  • It can relax muscle spasms that may be irritating the sciatic nerve.
  • It can promote regeneration of the sciatic nerve.

Wildwood Acupuncture Center has treated thousands of patients with sciatica effectively.  We are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

Call us today to schedule a consultation: 301-530-5308