AcupunctureAcupuncture, previously categorized as “other” in terms of remedies for sciatica, is now being considered, as sciatica sufferers are exhausting all other options. This ancient Eastern treatment has been said to manipulate the flow of energy – “qi” (/chee/) – in the human body. Though Western medicine has other ways of describing things, and acupuncture was developed first on belief, science is backing it up. Acupuncture has been clinically shown to treat disorders such as anxiety, nausea, infertility, insomnia, depression, migraines, seizure disorders, and sciatic symptoms such as numbness, weakness, and pain.

A common myth about acupuncture is that it is painful. Most people, after an acupuncture treatment, report they barely felt the needles, if at all. The needles are fibrous in size and are only set to puncture the outermost layers of the skin.

Sciatica patients are rejoicing at the results of their acupuncture experiences, noting that the process was noninvasive, especially compared to epidural injections or heavy narcotics, and in tandem with exercise and other proper self-care, symptoms were alleviated, if not eliminated.

Western practitioners may or may not buy into the idea of qi, but the “meridians,” or cross points of energy flow, are also viewed as places to stimulate nerves and apply purposeful pressure to relieve musculoskeletal conditions and nervous system overstimulation.