Acupuncture and manual therapies can work across many
common types of back pain and sciatica, even when diagnoses are unclear or

Low Back Pain Symptoms;

Pain in the lumbosacral area (lower part of the back) is the primary symptom of low back pain.
The pain may radiate down the front, side, or back of your leg, or it may be confined to the low back. The pain may become worse with activity.Occasionally, the pain may be worse at night or with prolonged sitting such as on a long car trip.

You may have numbness or weakness in the part of the leg that receives its nerve supply from a compressed nerve. This can cause an inability to plantar flex the foot. This means you would be unable to stand on your toes or bring your foot downward. This occurs when the first sacral nerveis compressed or injured.

Another example would be the inability to raise your big toe upward. This results when the fifth lumbar nerve is compromised.

Sciatica Symptoms;

The most common symptom from sciatica is pain. Most people describe a deep, severe pain that starts low on one side of the back and then shoots down the buttock and the leg with certain movements. Sciatica can also cause hip pain.

The pain is usually worse with both prolonged sitting and standing. Frequently, the pain is made worse by standing from a low sitting position, such as standing up after sitting on a toilet seat. In most people, the pain is made worse by sneezing, coughing, laughing, or a hard bowel movement. Bending backward can also make the pain worse.

You may also notice a weakness in your leg or foot, along with the pain. The weakness may become so bad you can’t move your foot.

Acupuncture efficacy for Back Pain and Sciatica.

Acupuncture is one of the medical treatments that has been shown to be effective for chronic back pain, so much so that the United Kingdom’s National Health Service has made acupuncture a first-line treatment for chronic low-back pain, to be tried before injections and surgery, and  Germany has included acupuncture in their list of modalities covered for back pain by insurance.

Many insurance companies in the U.S. also cover acupuncture for back pain (even when they do not cover acupuncture for other conditions), because of acupuncture’s good cost/benefit/risk ratio for treating back pain. Low back pain is the medical condition for which patients in the U.S. most frequently seek acupuncture treatment. Interestingly, a large study of acupuncture for back pain suggests that acupuncture is equally effective across all types of back pain, with the
strongest benefit being noted in patients with more severe back pain.

Our Treatments of Low Back Pain and Sciatica.

Acupuncture modalities that we commonly use to treat low back pain include acupuncture stimulation of locations, electro-acupuncture applied to the low back area. Acupuncture  stimulate tissue repair in spinal ligaments, discs, nerves, and muscles. Manual therapies that we do are gua sha,tui na and suction cupping. We also treat with herbal extracted granules and herbal decoction for a healthier back.