The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, consisting of a large bundle of smaller nerves that travel down the lumbar spine, down into the buttocks and through both legs. Sciatica occurs when tight muscles, muscle spasms or a slipped disc press on the nerves, causing them to inflame. Sciatica is not a disease, but a group of symptoms that acupuncture, coupled with nutritional supplements and herbal medicine, has the ability to relieve. My Austin Acupuncture and Wellness center works to identify specific imbalances in the muscles and the body as a whole. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplements work together to correct these imbalances by getting to the root of the problem and encouraging self-healing of the body. The goal I set for my Austin acupuncture patients that suffer from sciatica is to address the underlying causes in order to prevent the sciatica from returning. The most common imbalance, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, in acute sciatica is qi and blood stagnation in the back channels. Acupuncture can help get the qi and blood stagnation to move, giving relief to the built-up tension that triggers the shooting pain of sciatica and reducing inflammation. Further, acupuncture can help allow the muscles to relax. It’s also a great idea to supplement your diet with herbal formulas and nutritional supplements, specifically those designed to reduce pain & inflammation. My Austin Acupuncture and Wellness center has the tools to relieve your sciatic pain, so come on in and see us. We’re here for YOU.