Acupuncture can improve circulation to reduce feelings of numbness and weakness, and relieve sciatica pain.

Acupuncture is not just the placement of needles in random places of the body. Acupuncture follows a precise medical protocol designed to correct imbalances of energy in your body. Acupuncture’s origins date back more than 2,500 years ago to China where the therapy was used to treat disease and improve overall health. Today, acupuncture is similarly used to relieve a variety of symptoms, including sciatica pain.

What Is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique that involves stimulating specific points on your body by inserting thin needles through the skin. According to the National Center For Complementary And Alternative Medicine, studies show that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis, knee pain and headaches.

What Can I Expect From Acupuncture?

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During acupuncture treatments, needles are placed in specific areas of your body. You may feel a brief stinging sensation upon insertion. However, many patients report that they don’t feel the majority of insertions. The needles are usually left in place for five to 20 minutes, then removed. Practitioners will then assess your condition and suggest preventative measures you can take to help reduce stress, improve energy and mood, and sustain pain relief by maintaining your body’s flow of energy.

How Can Acupuncture Relieve Sciatica Pain?

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Sciatica pain results when a compressed nerve, caused by a herniated disc or other back injury, creates shooting pain from your lower back to your legs. This pain can lead to spasms, inflammation and tight or stiff muscles. For this reason, relaxing your muscles is a crucial step in relieving your sciatica pain. Acupuncture helps relax muscles and reduce muscles spasms and inflammation by improving blood flow to the affected areas and increasing circulation.

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