Employing acupuncture for sciatica pain relief is an effective, drug-free treatment. A comprehensive search of data bases up through April 2015 found that using acupuncture for sciatica treatment to be “significantly more effective than conventional medication.”
Serving Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows and the surrounding suburbs since 1981, First Health Associates’ Center for Integrative Medicine is proud to offer our patients an effective, non-surgical approach to sciatica pain relief. We offer an impressive team of back doctors including: medical physician and physiatrist Jason Gruss, MD, acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China), and chiropractors Joeseph Musolino, DC and Ryan Hamm, DC. Individually or working together, our team of back doctors offers sciatica treatment without surgery or the long-term use of prescription pain medications.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. Sciatica, which is a sharp searing pain that starts in the buttocks and travels down one or both legs, occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Some of the more common sources of this pressure are a herniated disc, a tight piriformis muscle or a change in posture and weight distribution, as commonly occurs in spinal stenosis and sciatica during pregnancy. Effective sciatica pain relief and sciatica treatment requires addressing the underlying cause of the condition.
Sciatica During Pregnancy
Sciatica during pregnancy is common occurrence since the shift in weight often results in sciatic nerve irritation. Using acupuncture for sciatica makes sense since medications and other methods of sciatica treatment could impact the health of your baby.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a 3000-year-old system of medicine that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, massage, meditation and moxibustion. Sciatica treatment requires proper identification of the specific imbalances in the muscles and body in order to be effective. Once this determination is made, sciatica pain relief often involves several TCM therapies that promote self-healing of the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), views the body as a complex system of energy channels, or meridians. TCM focuses on identifying disharmony and imbalance in these channels that can lead to disease and chronic illness. Most cases of sciatica involve an imbalance in the qi (pronounced chee), vital energy or life force, which travels through the meridians in the back.
Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist will typically use a combination of TCM therapies to relax and stretch the muscles and tendons in the area causing the problem. Whether you are experiencing sciatica during pregnancy or any other time an experienced acupuncturist can ease the pain and retrain the muscles to stay relaxed.
Acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD (China) Is Director of Our Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic
Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, director of First Health’s TCM and Acupuncture Clinic, has more than 30 years of experience helping patients seeking natural sciatica pain relief. Dr. Zhu’s expertise, wisdom and compassion are the hallmarks of her treatment that foster a caring and trusting relationship with her patients.
An Integrative Approach to Sciatica Treatment
In addition to employing acupuncture for sciatica, we offer an array of non-surgical sciatica treatment options. Our medical back doctor is trained in Physiatry, a non-surgical medical rehabilitation specialty. Medical physician Dr. Jason Gruss, MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has been helping patients seeking sciatica pain relief for more than 13 years.
Also on staff are chiropractors Joeseph Musolino, DC and Ryan Hamm, DC., who have been practicing Arlington Heights chiropractors for 17 and 18 years respectively. Each offer a unique service and style of chiropractic. Whether you prefer old school “hands on” chiropractic adjustments or modern “instrument” adjusting, our Arlington Heights chiropractor team can satisfy every chiropractic patient. Chiropractic is another great non-surgical sciatica treatment option especially for those who develop sciatica during pregnancy.
First Health Associates has provided the best integrative medical care in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs since 1981. Conveniently located off I-90, near Golf and Arlington Heights Roads, First Health serves patients from Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are effective in treating a variety of conditions. Arlington Heights acupuncturist Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) has made First Health’s Arlington Heights Acupuncture Clinic a top rated facility in the Chicagoland area. To find out more about acupuncture for sciatica and other conditions commonly treated with TCM, click here.
Meet Arlington Heights acupuncturist Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD(China) – Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Arlington Heights