Anyone who has had sciatica knows that it goes far beyond being just a pain in the leg. The effects of it permeate your every move day and night, even when you are just walking around the house or rolling over in bed.
Causes and symptoms
Sciatica is caused when the sciatic nerve is irritated or pinched. The result is pain, numbness or tingling sensation anywhere along the pathway of the nerve.
Triggers are numerous. They include ageing of the discs, where they become less flexible, poor posture, incorrect lifting techniques, accidents, sports injuries as well as being common in pregnancy and childbirth. Other, less common causes are more serious health conditions such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis.
How sciatica affects you
The pain, tingling or numbness starts anywhere from your lower back or from your bottom. It will radiate either down the back of your leg or down the outside of your leg, sometimes right down to the ankle.
Sitting and standing for any length of time can cause an enormous amount of pain, as can sneezing or coughing. The pain can be constant and tiring and could keep you awake at night. During the day, your movements are often restricted to avoid the pain shooting down your leg.
Conventional ways to tackle the pain
Common theories are that sciatic pain usually resolves itself in about six weeks and, for those who suffer longer, treatments are painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Stretches and exercises to mobilise and strengthen the core muscles that stabilise your back are often prescribed alongside pharmaceuticals. Hot and cold packs sometimes help to reduce inflammation.
How acupuncture can help
Acupuncture has been shown to be a very helpful treatment for sciatica. At Cambourne Acupuncture we use a technique called electro-acupuncture. Electrical pulses are applied to the acupuncture needles providing an effective and comfortable treatment.
There are many causes of sciatica. Inflammation caused by various lower disc problems and muscle tightness are responsible much of the time however. These causes both respond well to electro-acupuncture. There is no treatment like it, so the results can seem miraculous – especially if you have tried many other treatments with little relief.
Successful relief with acupuncture – Christine’s experience
Christine had been suffering with sciatica for over three years, but she noticed a change in the level of pain after just the first session of acupuncture.
“Acupuncture has been a very positive treatment for me. As a result, I have experienced great relief from the pain of sciatica and associated back pain…by the end of six treatments, the pains related to the sciatica had virtually gone. I would recommend Jane Johnson as a therapist for her professionalism and experience and I have always found her to be informative, kind and patient. I have certainly benefitted from her skill & knowledge.”
If you need help with your sciatica, do call me to discuss your needs.