Acupuncture and manual therapies can work across many
common types of back pain and sciatica, even when diagnoses are unclear or
Low Back Pain Symptoms; Pain in the lumbosacral area (lower part of the back) is the primary symptom of low back pain.
The pain may radiate down the front, side, or back of your leg, or it may
be confined to the low back. The pain may become worse with activity.
Occasionally, the pain may be worse at night or with prolonged sitting
such as on a long car trip.
You may have numbness or weakness in the part of the leg that receives its
nerve supply from a compressed nerve. This can cause an inability to
plantar flex the foot. This means you would be unable to stand on your
toes or bring your foot downward. This occurs when the first sacral nerve
is compressed or injured.
Another example would be the inability to raise your big toe upward. This
results when the fifth lumbar nerve is compromised.
Sciatica Symptoms; The most common symptom from sciatica is pain. Most people describe a
deep, severe pain that starts low on one side of the back and then shoots
down the buttock and the leg with certain movements. Sciatica can also
cause hip pain.
The pain is usually worse with both prolonged sitting and standing.
Frequently, the pain is made worse by standing from a low sitting
position, such as standing up after sitting on a toilet seat. In most
people, the pain is made worse by sneezing, coughing, laughing, or a hard
bowel movement. Bending backward can also make the pain worse.
You may also notice a weakness in your leg or foot, along with the pain.
The weakness may become so bad you can't move your foot.
Acupuncture efficacy for Back Pain and Sciatica.
Acupuncture is one of the medical treatments that has been shown to
be effective for chronic back pain, so much so that the United Kingdom's
National Health Service has made acupuncture a first-line treatment for
chronic low-back pain, to be tried before injections and surgery, and
Germany has included acupuncture in their list of modalities covered for
back pain by insurance.
Many insurance companies in the U.S. also cover acupuncture for back pain
(even when they do not cover acupuncture for other conditions), because of
acupuncture's good cost/benefit/risk ratio for treating back pain. Low
back pain is the medical condition for which patients in the U.S. most
frequently seek acupuncture treatment.
Interestingly, a large study of acupuncture for back pain suggests that
acupuncture is equally effective across all types of back pain, with the
strongest benefit being noted in patients with more severe back pain.
Our Treatments of Low Back Pain and Sciatica.
Acupuncture modalities that we commonly use to treat low back pain
include acupuncture stimulation of locations, electro-acupuncture applied
to the low back area. Acupuncture stimulate tissue repair in spinal
ligaments, discs, nerves, and muscles. Manual therapies that we do are gua sha,
and suction cupping. We also treat with herbal extracted granules and
herbal decoction for a healthier
If you need more information about treatments, Please Contact Us.