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what is Lower Back Pain / Sciatica?

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UNDERSTANDING Lower Back Pain / Sciatica

Lower back pain and sciatica are common conditions that can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. Lower back pain refers to discomfort in the area between the ribs and the pelvis, while sciatica specifically involves pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the hips and down the legs.

Lower back pain can have various causes, including muscle strains, ligament sprains, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or underlying medical conditions. Sciatica often occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated by a herniated disc, bone spur, or narrowing of the spinal canal.

SYMPTOMS OF lower back pain / sciatica

If you are experiencing lower back pain / sciatica, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull or sharp pain in the lower back
  • Pain that radiates down the buttocks, thighs, and legs
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Weakness or difficulty in moving the legs or feet
  • Difficulty standing, walking, or sitting for extended periods

ACUPUNCTURE FOR lower back pain / sciatica

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing knee pain and promoting knee health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s energy pathways, helping to restore balance and enhance overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for knee pain include:

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate lower back pain and sciatic pain.

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the lower back and along the sciatic nerve.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the lower back area, enhancing oxygen and nutrient supply to the affected tissues, supporting the healing process.

: Acupuncture can help relax tight muscles in the lower back, reducing tension and stiffness that contribute to pain.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, which can help reduce the sensitivity and pain associated with sciatica.