Acupuncture Successfully Treats Sciatica

Updated: Jul 17


Sciatica is an extremely painful condition that affects many. It can be debilitating and make you feel hopeless that you will find relief. Sciatica typically affects only one side of the body, with the pain extending from the lower back near the top of the buttocks to all the way down the leg and sometimes into the foot.


Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. It can also be caused by degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, or a pinched nerve.

Whatever the cause, sciatica causes inflammation and severe pain that leaves those affected struggling to find ways to ease their suffering. Whatever the cause, sciatica causes inflammation and severe pain that leaves those affected struggling to find ways to ease their suffering.

Typical Sciatica Complaints

The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a very sharp and excruciating pain. The pain commonly radiates from the lower (lumbar) spine area to your buttock, and then down the back your leg. It usually worsens with sitting.

Sciatic pain can also cause a burning or tingling sensation down the leg, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot. This can make it very difficult to even stand.

How Can Acupuncture Treat Sciatic Pain?

Acupuncture can greatly reduce the pain associated with sciatica by releasing natural painkillers (endorphins and enkephalins), increasing blood flow to the area, and relaxing the muscles in the surrounding area.

How Acupuncture Treats Sciatica

  • It reduces inflammation by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors.

  • It causes a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow, including circulation to the cauda equina (the bundle of spinal nerves in the lower back) and nerve root.

  • It increases levels of serotonin and noradrenaline, which can greatly help reduce pain and speed up nerve repair.

  • It improves the conductive parameters of the sciatic nerve.

  • It promotes regeneration of the sciatic nerve.

Our clinic has a 95% success rate in treating sciatica pain with acupuncture! It is a safe and natural option for treating this painful condition. To schedule your FREE consultation and find out if we can help you, click here!

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