Acupuncture and Sciatica
Ancient Chinese medical practitioners intuitively understood that the human body comes equipped with the ability to treat pain. Western medical studies have proven that acupuncture actually helps the body reduce pain and stress naturally.
The stimulation of certain points on the body prompts the release of endorphins, natural painkilling chemicals. Acupuncture also increases serotonin levels; serotonin interrupts pain signals before they are able to reach the brain while simultaneously improving mood and relieving stress. Acupuncture also assists in the healing process by improving the circulation of blood throughout the body
Physical Therapy for Sciatica
Depending on the cause of sciatica pain, any of the following physical therapy practices may be used in the rehabilitation process:
- Exercise: Under the guidance of a trained physical therapist, therapeutic exercise helps sciatica patients build strength and increase flexibility. It is extremely important for sciatica patients to attempt exercise only under the guidance of trained professionals. Our facility also incorporates PowerPlate technology, which uses vibration to increase circulation in order to restore the damaged tissues and muscles of the body.
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound reaches deep into the muscle tissues with sound waves to relieve pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and cramping.
- Massage: Tension in the lower back may be irritating the sciatic nerve and causing pain. Deep Tissue massage releases this tension.
- Cold/Heat Therapies: These two extremes may be used alternately to reduce inflammation and pain as well as increase circulation to the affected area.
- Low Level Laser Therapy: This therapy stimulates damaged cells and assists with healing and repair.
- Electrotherapy: Electrotherapy works by disrupting pain signals before they are able to cause pain.