What causes sciatica?
The sciatic nerve travels through the Sacro-iliac joint, under the piriformis muscles and down the outside of the leg to the foot. When the muscle is very tight it can impinge upon the nerve and cause pain, numbness, burning etc. Acupuncture Clinic Niddrie - Sciatica Treatment
How do we treat it:
The combination of acupuncture, cupping and massage is often very effective in the treatment of sciatica and Sacro-iliac joint pain. Trigger point massage is effective in releasing tension in the local muscles, cupping draws stagnation in the local area which causes pain and acupuncture helps to tonify move energy more effectively. Acupuncture Clinic Niddrie - Sciatica Treatment
How many treatments does it take:
The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient, however, in most cases the patient should notice some improvement in symptoms from the very first visit. Acupuncture Clinic Niddrie - Sciatica Treatment
Acupuncture Clinic Niddrie – Melbourne stress cannot be ruled out as a factor in sciatica and acupuncture can be effective in treating the symptoms and effects of stress. In many cases some form of misalignment of the Sacro Iliac Joint in addition to tension in the ilio-psoas, glutes and most often the piriformis muscle contribute to sciatica. The sciatic nerve travels through the Sacro-iliac joint, under the piriformis muscles and down the outside of the leg to the foot. When the muscle is very tight it can impinge upon the nerve and cause pain, numbness, burning etc. Sciatica is pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain of sciatica is typically felt from the low back (lumbar area) to behind the thigh and can radiate down below the knee. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. The pain of sciatica is sometimes referred to as sciatic nerve pain. Sciatica causes pain, a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the thigh to the back of the leg. The result is lumbar pain, buttock pain, hip pain, and leg pain. Sometimes the pain radiates around the hip or buttock to feel like hip pain. While sciatica is often associated with lower back pain (lumbago), it can be present without low back pain. Severe sciatica can make walking difficult if not impossible. Sometimes the symptoms of sciatica are aggravated by walking or bending at the waist and relieved by lying down. The pain relief by changing positions can be partial or complete.