Sciatica is often caused by compression of the spinal nerve root in the lower back. The primary symptom is a sharp pain affecting the back, hip, buttocks and outer side of the leg. Acupuncture, renowned for it’s pain relieving attributes is an effective treatment for sciatica. It helps by stimulating local nerves, releasing endorphins which activate the body's opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect. It can also reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to improve joint mobility. Acupuncture is often combined with acupressure (therapeutic Chinese massage) to relax muscles and reduce tension in the affected area.
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