Acupuncture Treatment of Sciatica

Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for sciatica pain from lumbar disc herniation.

Within my acupuncture practice, I have helped many people with sciatica.

Acupuncture Diagnosis of Sciatica

Acupuncture understands health as a state of balance where there is a natural flow and circulation in the body. When this flow stops it causes pain.

The most common acupuncture imbalance in sciatica is qi and blood stagnation in the back channels. This can be understood as something is blocking the flow of the nerve, whether this is a spinal disc or a muscle spasm.

Acupuncture Treatment of Sciatica

Pain from sciatica often comes from a herniated lumbar disc putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

One of the challenges for healing spinal lumbar discs is that they do not have a lot of blood vessels connected to them.  This is good because swelling near the spine from an injury would be very dangerous.  But it also means that it is difficult for the disc to heal.  Spontaneous regression (healing) of spinal discs often occurred.   The body knows how to heal itself often.

Acupuncture has been shown to help in the treatment of lumbar herniated discs. I have helped many people with lumbar disc herniation. Acupuncture helps to increase circulation, release pain relieving chemicals, and reduce inflammation. Which is why acupuncture helps in the treatment of herniated discs.

What is acupuncture treatment like?

My treatment for sciatica pain and lumbar spine herniation combines electroacupuncture and cupping.  It focuses on reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.  We aim to reduce pain and help people come off of medications as well as avoid more invasive procedures.

The acupuncture points also will reduce muscle tension and spasms in the area.  Patients are very comfortable and often find very quick relief of pain.

Acupuncture is very effective when combined with physical therapy for lumbar disc herniation.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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