Back Pain, Sciatica and Acupuncture
Back pain and sciatica can affect anyone at any age and most people will suffer from one or other condition at some point in their lives. Together, they are our country’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.
Most lower back pain and sciatica is caused not by serious damage or disease, but by sprains, muscle strains, minor injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, or because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection.
Research has shown that acupuncture is very effective for back pain and it appears to be particularly useful as an adjunct to conventional care, for patients with more severe symptoms and for those wishing to avoid pain-killers.
At New Leaf Acupuncture, Dublin, we can help back pain and sciatica by:
- providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008).
- reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007;Zijlstra 2003).
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility – by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling and bruising.
- reducing the use of medication for back complaints (Thomas 2006).
- providing a more cost-effective treatment over a longer period of time (Radcliffe 2006;Witt 2006).
- improving the outcome when added to conventional treatments such as rehabilitation exercises (Ammendolia 2008; Yuan 2008).
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