Sciatica alternative treatment can range from a variety of techniques such as; acupuncture, chiropractic care, acupressure, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies. Each technique offers its own benefit to treat back pain and to prevent future pain. Recently in the news, one of the more focused forms of sciatica alternative treatment has been acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a form of sciatica alternative treatment that uses small wire-like needles which are inserted into very specific locations of the body called acu-points. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are about 360 acu-points on the meridians in the body. These meridians are channels associated with organs and systems in the body.
Acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of sciatic pain because not only does it target specific areas of the body to heal, but it also encourages the release of endorphins which research has found is a natural pain killer.
Recently I read an article in the Washington Examiner which discussed a woman named Ms. Land who had been left with nerve damage after on going surgeries for her feet. “The acupuncture has been helping that,” she said. “I feel like anything you do naturally is better than taking medication and they have side effects anyway.” Although in Mrs. Land’s case the treatments were used for nerve damage in her feet, acupuncture is most commonly used for the treatment of lower back pain and migraine headaches. Upon more research and testimonials it appears that many people have had high success rates from using acupuncture as a sciatica alternative treatment. Some stated that 12 hours after the treatment their sciatic pain was 90% gone.
Acupuncture is gaining popularity in the West and is looked at more seriously by the medical community as well as insurance companies. Many insurance agencies are now accepting acupuncture as a form of sciatica alternative treatment that can be covered by their insurance plans.
Additionally, studies by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine cite several reports that show acupuncture is promising in treating chronic pain. Studies also note that the effects of acupuncture may peak long after active stimulation ends.
To read more about Mrs. Land’s story please visit the Washington Examiner.