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Sciatica is a medical condition characterized by pain going down the leg from the lower back.This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. Typically, symptoms are only on one side of the body. Certain causes, however, may result in pain on both sides. Lower back pain is sometimes but not always present. Weakness or numbness may occur in various parts of the affected leg and foot
About 90% of the time sciatica is due to a spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots. Other problems that may result in sciatica include spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, pelvic tumors, and compression by a baby’s head during pregnancy. The straight-leg-raising test is often helpful in diagnosis. The test is positive if, when the leg is raised while a person is lying on their back, pain shoots below the knee. In most cases medical imaging is not needed. Exceptions to this are when bowel or bladder function is affected, there is significant loss of feeling or weakness, symptoms are long standing, or there is a concern of a tumor or infection.Conditions that may present similarly are diseases of the hip and early herpes zoster before the rash appear.
Acupuncture has been proven to be very effective in treating sciatica.
- Acupuncture helps reduce the pain of sciatica. Sciatica causes the muscles in your body to tense up and hold, which leads to fatigue, chronic pain, and stress. Acupuncture relaxes the body and releases your muscles from the tension.
- Acupuncture helps foster a positive chemical balance in the brain. By releasing much-needed endorphins, acupuncture can aid in the healing process, both mentally and physically. Relaxing your mind can help take it off of the chronic pain and allow you to focus elsewhere.
- Acupuncture deals with the nervous system, and sciatica travels along damaged nerves. Taking medication is applying a blanket treatment to something specific, whereas acupuncture pinpoints and gets to the heart of the pain and the problem.
Let’s face it, while we enjoy many beautiful features of Long Island and New York area, busy life in Long Island and tri state area in New York brings a lot of stress to our life. An estimated 17.5 million Americans suffer from depression.
Patients who are searching for options are seeking alternatives to anti-depressant medication.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “evidence for the use of acupuncture . to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.” Reuter’s health reported on a study from the University of York in the UK. The study recruited 755 people with moderate to severe depression. Seventy percent of the patients had been on anti-depressants and continued on them throughout the study. The study concluded that both acupuncture and counseling (or both) had a strongly positive effect on depression, lowering the depression scale from an average of 16 out of 27 at the start of the study, to 9 for acupuncture and 11 for counseling at its conclusion. The benefits lasted 3 months after treatment had concluded.
So how does acupuncture help with stress and anxiety? The acupuncturist inserts fine sterile and super tiny needles into certain identified acupuncture points on “meridians” which run throughout the body and correspond to certain organs.
Meridians can be thought of as a highway of energy, or “qi” in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture works by getting rid of the roadblocks on this energy superhighway. When the energy blocks are removed, whole body functions and provides energy and happiness one needs.
Western medicine has shown that acupuncture releases endorphins, and activates natural pain killers.
Most patients during Acupuncture treatment fell a deep sleep and wake up with feeling of ease and rest in their body and mind.