ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Alternative Sciatica Therapies

As a former sciatica sufferer I was willing to try anything that would reduce my level of pain. One striking point that I found in my research was that the traditional medical community did not have all the answers.  I found that there were numerous alternative therapies available.   I kept an open mind when approaching these non-traditional medical approaches and found that several of them made perfect sense.

Modern Western Medicine is finally accepting the medical fact that the body is a self-healing mechanism.  Given the proper nutrients and mental conditions doctors have seen patients improve their health condition beyond what would be expected.  Some doctors are accepting the fact that there are disciplines that were created eons ago and referred to as Eastern Medicine.  Some of the origins of these practices go back 5,000 years and are still more effective than the traditional “medication cures” employed by many healthcare professionals.

Drugs vs. natural solutions

A perfect example is prescription painkillers.  While these drugs are powerful they just cover-up the cause of the pain vs. treating the root cause of the problem. Muscle relaxants will temporally release the tension in our muscles but they don’t treat the reason the muscles are tense in the first place.  There are alternative methods that will provide a better end result.   I am a perfect example of this.  After several back-to-back bouts of sciatica I desperately wanted to put an end to the constant pain.  My son and daughter urged me to try acupuncture as a solution to my problem.  My results were dramatic.  After just a few treatments my pain level subsided to a bearable level and then with the addition of a few other strategies I was able to eliminate pain altogether.

Acupuncture as a medical practice began over 50 decades ago.  If you go to a physician in China or Japan it is considered the primary treatment method employed to obtain results with their patients’.  In the west acupuncture is considered an alternative treatment method.  Most physicians are now recognizing the value of acupuncture and a majority of health plans now make allowances for acupuncture.

In brief acupuncture employs tiny needles that are inserted into various parts of your body called meridians.  Those needles elicit a response in our body that creates an ideal healing environment and in the cases of sciatica it reduces the level of pain in a majority of patients.  Recently numerous studies have validated the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of sciatica.

An additional strategy is Chiropractic treatment.  Chiropractic Therapy’s end goal is proper alignment of your spine.  An improperly aligned spine can cause sublimations that will irritate the nerves of the spinal cord and lead to health problems.  If you don’t want the neck adjustments, which is common practice with many chiropractors you can seek a doctor that uses an adjustment tool that eliminates that practice.  My acupuncturist made this recommendation and I have been very pleased with the results.  When your spine is in proper alignment it reduces inflammation and that can reduce your pain level.

Another ancient art that has merit is the practice of Yoga.  Yoga is a whole body practice that strengthens and creates more flexibility in the human body while reducing the stress levels that create the tensions that negatively impact the condition of sciatica.   Once I mastered about 10 basic yoga postures and employed them in my daily exercise routine my pain level was reduced even further.

The basic premise of Eastern Medicine is that the body is a self-healing machine.  Like any machine it has to have the proper “fuel” to operate at peak efficiency.  There are a few basic supplements that are critical to this function.  I found that when my physician ordered blood tests that I had very low levels of these important elements.

Supplements that work

Supplements are an effective way to augment your pain reduction strategies There are three key supplements that are at the core of any pain reduction program.

Vitamin D deficiency in a recent study of patients with lower back pain was present in 93% of the study group.

Vitamin B12 has been shown to lower the level of pain and frequency of chronic back pain. This in turn can reduce the dependency of patients on NSAID anti inflammation drugs.

Magnesium supplementation is critical to proper muscle function.  In fact magnesium is involved with over 300 chemical reactions within our bodies.

 These are just a few of the dozen alternative treatments available to your journey toward a pain free life. By employing both traditional and non-traditional methods toward Sciatica pain relief you CAN make a difference in your pain level.  It worked for me.