Sciatica: What is it and how is it treated?
Sciatica is a painful condition that affects the lower back and leg. It occurs when there is irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower spine down through the buttocks, into each leg. In some cases, it can
cause numbness, tingling, or burning pain that can travel down to the feet and toes.
The exact cause of sciatica is unknown but may be due to pressure on a spinal nerve root by an abnormality in the disc between two vertebrae (the spinal discs).
The symptoms of sciatica can vary widely depending on the severity of the problem. In severe cases where there is no improvement after several weeks, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Here's how acupuncture and soft tissue therapy can help:
- Acupuncture is a treatment performed by inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. It's been shown to relieve pain caused by sciatica by stimulating certain nerves in your brain that control pain signals (known as "gate control theory").
- Soft tissue therapy works by reducing inflammation around your spine,
which helps keep your muscles relaxed and prevents them from tightening up unnecessarily. This allows for greater flexibility in your spine—and less chance that you'll experience sciatica symptoms again!
At Fountain Sports & Remedial Therapy, we combine these therapies into one treatment session which allows us to target multiple areas at once so that you get the most out of your session.
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