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How Well Does Acupuncture Help Sciatic Pain?

In our experience treating 248 sciatica patients thus far, 128 of 248 patients reported significant pain relief from just 1 single acupuncture treatment!  The remaining patients needed between 4 to 10 treatments to achieve significant pain relief, however all 248 patients did eventually achieve significant relief.  Without prescription drugs or harmful chemicals.


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How Does Acupuncture Treat Sciatic Pain?

Acupuncture treatment of Sciatica consists of locating where the issue is stemming from, then gently treating the  area with acupuncture needles. Our goals are to make sure the muscles around that area (i.e pirformis, gluteal minimus, medius and maximus) loosen so we can relieve any pressure or irritation that’s being applied to the nerves in the area.

Additionally, acupuncture is famous for re-balancing the body (yin & yang).  By tapping into specific channels, the acupuncture we apply essentially ‘tells’ your body to heal. 

In our experience our acupuncture is more effective for some health conditions then others.  Fortunately for sciatic pain relief, it seems to be very effective.  This is great news for anyone who suffers from sciatica, and hopes to avoid or at least drastically reduce prescription pills.

What Does The Science Say?

“Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain.” – Acupuncture: In Depth

Typical Symptoms

Many of the symptoms consist of back pain, lower back pain, hip pain, pain down the leg, numbness and weakness in various parts of the leg and foot. Some additional signs and symptoms include “pins and needles” feeling in the affected area or limb. Usually this pain affects only one side of the body but it can also affect both.

More info about Sciatica treatment methodology:

Along with your acupuncture treatments, specific stretching exercises will be prescribed to keep the muscles in the affected area limber and loose. If muscles are not maintained and stretching is not done, the area that is treated may eventually revert back to the original state with pain.

The combination of acupuncture treatments for sciatica and the stretches that we prescribe essentially causes the inflammation to decrease in the area while increasing circulation into the affected area where the sciatic nerve is irritated.

Lastly, diet plays a roll in your relief goal’s as well.  Simple adjustments must be made to decrease low-level systemic inflammation and increase rate of recovery.

About Us

Balance Within integrates Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Chiropractic to treat physical and mental conditions using a holistic approach and traditional chinese medicine.  We treat many health issues without the use of harsh chemicals.

Acupuncture works for many health problems, but it does not treat all health issues.

Browse our articles and conditions treated pages to see which health issues are effectively treated by Balance Within Integrative Acupuncture.

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