Sciatica is the one of the most common pain disorders in Canada, and many people suffer from Sciatic pain daily while at work and school.
Sciatic pain is a form of nerve inflammation that affects mostly the lower part of the body because of nerve endings running down the back, buttocks, and leg areas. Acupuncture is one of the best remedies for getting rid of inflammation in the sciatic nerve area.
Sciatic inflammation has several possible causes but most people suffer from the same set of symptoms which include back pain, hip pain, leg pain and even foot pain. Sometimes, and most often, there is just a little pain and the patient only suffers from a bit of numbness or tingling in the back, leg or foot area which we call paresthesia.
Associated with this numbness there may be some weakness or coldness in the back or leg area. Usually there is quite a bit of aching, burning, and stabbing pains. In some cases there may also be muscle or back spasms, shooting pain down the leg, which may cause the patient to actually fall to his knees in extreme pain. The sciatic inflammation happens near the spine where the nerves that feed the legs are located. It also may occur in the hip joint, leg, or muscle group known as piriformis where the muscle tissues seem to swell the worst.
Causes of Sciatic Nerve Problems
Things like poor posture, sitting improperly while driving a truck or sitting at a desk, or even carrying an over-loaded wallet in your back pocket may cause pressure around the nerve area resulting in nerve damage or inflammation.
You wouldn’t think it, and most people may not believe this, but just the act of sitting itself is really hard on the back! Tremendous strain is placed on the lower hip and back area when slouching.
Acupuncture Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Damage
There are some common treatments for sciatic nerve damage including spinal manipulation, massage, stretching, hot and cold packs, sciatic nerve strengthening exercises, applying certain ointments and liniments, acupuncture, and last but not least of course is surgery.
Nerve inflammation causes pain that hurts so bad that most people will beg for any sort of pain relief. They may be willing to take a risk for quick pain relief and now that acupuncture is an accepted therapy treatment for sciatic pain, many acupuncture practitioners in Alberta, as well as the rest of Canada, are now seeing a growing number of people coming to their acupuncture clinics.
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