How to Treat Sciatica With Acupuncture

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Sciatica can be treated with acupuncture through the use of acupuncture needles, an alcohol swab and a table for the patient to lie upon. Find out about the channels affected by sciatic pain with help from a licensed acupuncturist in this free video on acupuncture and sciatica.

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My name is Brighton Roper. I'm a licensed acupuncturist, and we are in my clinic, which is called Utah Family Acupuncture and Herbs. It's located in downtown Salt Lake City, and today we are going to show you how to treat Sciatica with acupuncture. The materials used to treat Sciatica with acupuncture are: acupuncture needles, alcohol swab to clean the area and the patient will need to lay on their side so you'll need a table. Now, Sciatica is a very common condition in our society and this is partly due to the fact that the Sciatica is the largest nerve in the body and the nerve roots actually come from our lower back, our lumbar vertebrae and also go through our sacrum, and so that nerve can get impinged upon, either from inflammation in our body, from poor posture or from a repetitive motion done in an improper way. In Chinese medicine, there are two channels that are usually affected by Sciatic pain and one of those is the urinary bladder channel. That runs just lateral to both sides of the spine and down the posterior aspect of the leg. So, some people will feel the sciatic pain in that distribution. Another channel that's commonly affected by sciatica is the gall bladder channel, and that runs down through the glutes, and the pure form is muscle and down the lateral aspect of the leg, and that's an important channel because in a certain number of people, the sciatic nerve actually pierces through the piriformis muscle. So, to treat sciatica, distal points which means points not located at the origin of the pain, are commonly used. So, points along the foot, points along the lateral aspect of the leg, and then points either in the gluteal area, or in the low back, or sacral area, will be needled.

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