Sciatica starts from the lower back (L4) through the tailbone (S1), buttock (piriformis syndrome) and down the outside of the leg to the foot.
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.
Treatment of sciatica
Conventional treatment includes advice to stay active and continue daily activities; exercise therapy; painkillers such as 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.
Strong painkillers such as Tramadoil are now more commonly used. Unfortunately, these have side effects such as opiate addiction. Many patients don't like taking them for long term.
Acupuncture for sciatica
The sciatic pathway is the same as the gallbladder meridian channel in acupuncture. Stimulating acupuncture points along this channel with alternative medicine such as electro acupuncture helps to relieve sciatica pain and restore blood flow.
Recent research has shown acupuncture treatment to be more effective at treating sciatica than traditional painkillers. It has also been shown to prevent bone loss and gives lone term relief.
Choose an acupuncturist who is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, such as myself. Members practice different style of acupuncture, so remember to select someone who practices traditional acupuncture.