Sciatica is a syndrome involving nerve root impingement and/or inflammation that has progressed enough to cause pain, numbness, paraesthesia in the areas that are supplied by the affected nerve root.
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Conventional management includes advice to stay active and continue daily activities; exercise therapy; analgesics (e.g. paracetamol, NSAIDs, an opioid); muscle relaxants.
There is substantial research to show that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment. It is at least as good, if not better than, standard medical care for back pain and sciatica.
Acupuncture can help relieve back pain and sciatica by:
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
- reducing inflammation
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility
- causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow,
- increasing levels of serotonin and noradrenaline
- promoting regeneration of the sciatic nerve
Acupuncture works on different pathways
The pathways which acupuncture uses are myriad, and in any 1 person or medical condition the pathways will be different. So we urge people to try treatment at least 6 times for their condition before evaluating. The outcomes for different conditions and different people makes it impossible to predict how any one person will respond.
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Acupuncture is a tried and tested system which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years. It can restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world. In the past decade acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare.
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