Acupuncture for Sciatica
Pain is Caused by a Blockage in the Flow of Chi
Acupuncture is based on the idea that there is life force called chi that circulates all over the body on pathways called channels. These channels can become blocked due to things like trauma and tension, leading to pain and reduced range of motion. When the channel on the side of the leg becomes blocked symptoms may include hip pain, shooting pain down the leg, or tingling in the lower extremities.
Acupuncture Can Unblock Stuck Chi
Acupuncture can unblock the flow of chi wherever it is stuck, releasing the IT band and tight muscles in the hip joint, especially the piriformis, which can squeeze on the sciatic nerve if tight. The chi can then flow through the channel once more, relieving pain and restoring range of motion.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they come in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. I carry formulas that are specifically for pain as well as a few different formulas for stress and tension that can be very helpful. Please click here to learn more about the herbs that I carry.
As Can Chinese Massage
Chinese massage can enhance the effects of acupuncture and is healing in its own right. Tuina is the foundation of these techniques, and can include anything from broad, superficial strokes to deeper, more focused pressure. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension, opening the flow of chi, and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying Chinese massage it is included with your acupuncture session at no extra charge or you can schedule for a massage. Please click here to learn more about Chinese massage.
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