Treated Conditions / Neurological / Sciatica

Sciatica is the term given to pain running down the back of the buttock and leg, in the areas supplied by the SCIATIC NERVE.

The nerve itself is made up of several nerve roots that come from Spinal Cord in the lower back (Lumbar Spine).

It supplies the muscles that move the buttock, back of the thigh, calf, shin and foot, and the skin that covers them. (The Femoral nerve supplies the muscle and skin on the front of the thigh).

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.
What causes sciatica?

The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. However, sciatica also can be caused by the nerve tissue being compressed or irritated by very stiff spinal joints, bone spurs (small, bony growths that form along joints) caused by wear and tear arthritis, or even narrowing of the spinal canal (a condition called Spinal Stenosis).

Sciatica can have a number of causes, such as a herniated disc (often referred to as a slipped disc). In many cases of sciatica, there is no obvious cause. It is thought that a combination of muscle, joint and bone strain may lead to sciatica.

Chronic and acute sciatica and Piriformis syndrome are often treated successfully with a short course of acupuncture treatment .

Acupuncture and works by invigorating the flow of Qi ( Chi) energy and blood throughout the area in order to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote the body’s own healing ability.

Acupuncture can work to anaesthetize the area and reduce nerve sensitivity. With associated techniques of laser therapy electrical-acupuncture tui-na manipulation, cupping, the best results can often be achieved.


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