About acupuncture for sciatic pain
Pain relief is now the most common complaint that most acupuncturists treat today. Acupuncture is so good at relieving pain that physiotherapists also used it, but unfortunately after just doing a weekend course in acupuncture.
Sciatica normally starts from the lower back(L4) through the tailbone (S1), buttock and down the side of the leg to foot. This path is the gallbladder channel in acupuncture. Stimulating acupuncture points along this channel helps to relieve pain and tension. If you have sciatica, I would recommend wearing thermals when the temperature is below 10 degrees, sitting on a hot water bottle and avoid driving a manual car. I have helped many people with sciatica become pain free.
Conventional management includes advice to stay active and continue daily activities; exercise therapy; analgesics (e.g. paracetamol, NSAIDs, an opioid); muscle relaxants; corticosteroid spinal injections; and referral for consideration of surgery. However, there is a lack of strong evidence of effectiveness for most of these interventions.
How does acupuncture relieve sciatic pain?
Recent research has shown acupuncture to be more effective at treating sciatica than traditional pain killers. It has also been shown to prevent bone loss.