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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve which results in pain radiating down the back or side of the leg. It is commonly caused by nerve root compression at various levels in the spine or inflammation in the the sciatic nerve itself.


The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in your body. They start in your low lumbar spine and travel down through the buttocks, the leg, and all the way through the soles of your feet and your toes.

Sciatica happens when the nerve itself or a root that forms the nerve becomes pinched. This is usually the result of a ruptured or slipped disk in the back that puts pressure on the nerve or root, causing pain to radiate down some or all of the sciatic nerve.


Osteoarthritis can also contribute to sciatica by narrowing the exit from the lower spine through which the nerve passes. As a result, sciatica is more common in older adults.

We often combine acupuncture treatments with acupressure, cupping or moxibustion to achieve best results. We may also recommend herbal remedies that can be beneficial.

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Acupuncture for Sciatica

Our practitioners insert very fine needles into precise points on the body. These points, called acu-points are located along meridians (energy channels) on the body. Meridians run close to the skin's surface, so it is not necessary to insert needles deep into tissue. These meridians correspond to specific parts of the body, or a body system such as the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, or lymphatic system. During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner may gently twirl the needles to stimulate the area.

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Acupressure Massage for Sciatica

Acupressure massage  is a non-invasive, safe, and gentle therapy. It unblocks qi (energy)without using needles. Our acupressure practitioner uses his or her thumbs, fingers, and elbows to place a precise amount of pressure to specific body points. This therapy can decrease irritation in the neural pathway and loosen muscle fibers that surround the sciatic nerve. Pressure is relieved when you loosen the piriformis and other muscles. Once muscles are relaxed, the nerve then gets the space it needs to re-stabilise and calm down.When combined with acupuncture, acupressure can be highly effective at relieving sciatic pain.

Cupping for Sciatica

We often combine a number of treatments during a session depending on each individuals particular problem. Cupping is often combined with acupuncture and acupressure therapy to help increase blood flow, relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve, and relax your muscles.

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When it comes to acupuncture treatments, it is important to choose a skilled and qualified practitioner with the knowledge and experience to achieve optimal results. Book with us today in the knowledge that you are in the best of hands.

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