For those who suffer from sciatic nerve pain, life can be very frustrating at times. People afflicted by repeated bouts of sciatica very often feel isolated and depressed by their condition, and wonder if it will ever get better. They may start to ask themselves questions such as ‘why is this happening to me?’ or ‘when will I find a treatment that works?’
Managing the pain caused by sciatica is often a long journey, filled with the twists and turns of unsuccessful treatment methods and disappointing setbacks. In this fragile emotional state, it can be very easy to throw our hands in the air and say ‘nothing works for me’. It’s at times like this when we can start to fall into bad habits such as having an overreliance on painkillers, or not remembering to do our stretching exercises.
But a better way to look at things might be to try and remain positive, open-minded, and to give consideration to methods of pain management we might not have considered before. One such treatment might be acupuncture. Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of using a series of tiny needles to stimulate ‘qi’ points throughout the body, in order to help treat ailments such as nerve pain or headaches and migraines.
Acupuncture was long held in high regard throughout the ancient world, but in our modern and scientific age it has been somewhat usurped by our ultra-rational medical mindset, which no longer puts faith in ideas like ‘qi’ or ‘life flow’. Nonetheless, acupuncture is still fairly widely used today as an alternative medicine and it is even regularly prescribed on the NHS, where anecdotal evidence suggests that it can be effective in providing relief from symptoms such as dental pain, joint pain, or post-operative pains. The reasons for its effectiveness are no longer thought to be because of ‘qi’, but likely because it helps to stimulate the release of endorphins; the body’s natural painkiller.
Whatever the reasons behind the methodology, if you’re finding that you’re really struggling with your sciatica symptoms and if acupuncture is something you’re yet to try, it could well turn out to be something well worth investigating.