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Acupuncture Is An Excellent Choice of Treatment for Sciatica

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Year after year, millions of people all over the world go to their doctors to find relief of their sciatic pain. The symptoms of sciatica flare up can be debilitating and all-encompassing because of the large length and size of the sciatic nerve which runs almost the entire length of the body. Sciatica sufferers are usually in so much pain that they often consider surgery as well as strong prescription painkillers to help quell the pain. The fact is, there are a number of conventional and alternative modes of treatment for this condition and they all can bring long-term and solid relief that are not necessarily invasive in nature.

Acupuncture is one such extremely effective solution for sciatica pain. This form of Chinese medicine is a holistic type of treatment and has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of diseases and illnesses. Acupuncture relies in putting pressure on acupuncture points of which there are over 2000 scattered all over the body. Underneath these points lie energy channels where a life force known as Qi flows. When a needle is inserted into an acupoint, it stimulates the meridian underneath the point causing physiological responses that lead to a treatment of a certain condition. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for injuries and illnesses that are ‘structural’ in nature. This means that these injuries and illnesses originate from the spinal column. One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture is that it has no risk of addiction as pharmaceutical drugs cause nor does it require any medical intervention. It is understandable that a lot of people are wary about needles being stuck in their bodies; however because the needles used in the treatment are incredibly thin (as thin as human hair) and that the needles are inserted so slightly, most people who have tried acupuncture swear that they feel nothing at all after a treatment.

Relief of Sciatica Pain with Acupuncture in Portland

Under the skilled hands of licensed and experienced practitioner, acupuncture can decrease the sciatica pain by 50% after just one treatment. What’s more, you don’t need to undergo a recuperation period with this kind of treatment as would be the case with surgery.

Acupuncture works under the principle that a person’s energy flow sometimes slows down or stagnates, which causes pain and/or illness. The sticking of needles into specific acupoints in the body not only helps relieve the sciatic nerve pain, but also helps relax spinal column’s muscles, as well as the muscles of the legs and hips that may be contributing to recurrent flare-ups. And because acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment, the symptoms aren’t just the ones treated the root cause of the pain is addressed as well.

The other benefits of acupuncture are its long-term effects and its inexpensiveness. A typical consultation and treatment would normally amount to below a $100. In Western medicine treatment of the same condition treatments and cures may involve 5 doctor appointments on average plus the cost of the drugs. Furthermore, the effect of the treatment may not be immediate as it is with acupuncture.

One of the most challenging aspects of acupuncture treatment for sciatica is how to find a licensed and experienced practitioner in your area. Unlike conventional forms of treatment, acupuncture is not a regulated form of treatment. Therefore, you need to be careful in choosing a practitioner that will tend to your problem. One of the best places to seek for the right practitioner is in a chiropractor’s office, as chiropractic care and acupuncture are quite similar modes of treatment for sciatica.

Written by Valerie

March 1st, 2016 at 6:13 am

Posted in Acupuncture