Acupuncture for Sciatica

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Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center provides the best acupuncture for sciatica in Irvine.

Dr. Fu is an expert that renders acupuncture treatment for sciatica not only on the local pain area, but also on the lower back area to get the best result.

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“It’s been a couple of weeks since I started acupuncture treatment with Dr. Chun-Ming Fu and I’ve really been surprised and pleased with the results. Now my back pain has completely disappeared. This has greatly improved my physical and emotional health. I 100% recommend this treatment.” – K. G. (Irvine, CA)

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Sciatica Information

Sciatica is a very common condition, there are more than 3 million US cases per year. Most sciatica pain comes from the lower back and radiates down to the hip, the thigh, the leg, and the foot. Sciatica nerve pain also commonly affects those in pregnancy. 

What Does Sciatica Feel Like?

Sciatica symptoms are felt in different ways. Here are some sensations you might feel when experiencing sciatica:

  • Pain: The pain felt from sciatica symptoms are like a constant burning feeling or a shooting pain that starts around the lower back or buttock and going down the front or back of the thigh and leg and/or feet.
  • Numbness: You may feel sciatic pain accompanied by numbness in the back of the leg or in some cases, tingling and/or weakness.
  • One-sided symptoms: In most cases, sciatica affects one leg resulting most times in a feeling of heaviness in the leg affected by sciatica. In some rare cases, sciatica may affect both legs.
  • Posture induced symptoms: Some symptoms of sciatica may feel worse when in a specific posture like sitting, trying to stand up, bending the spine forward, twisting the spine, lying down, and/or while coughing. Sometimes the pain may be relieved by walking or applying a heat pack over the affected area.

What Can Acupuncture For Sciatica Do?

Acupuncture for sciatica can help with the pain experienced through the condition. In some cases, certain people experience acupuncture to be a better treatment for themselves than other treatments like medication. Acupuncture for sciatica is a good treatment because it is able to do these things for back and lower back pain:

  • Stimulate nerves located in muscles and tissues resulting in the release of endorphins and other chemicals. These reduce the pain experienced by medical conditions like sciatica.
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility
  • Increase in sciatic nerve blood flow
  • Affecting the neurotrophic factor signaling system, which is important in the way the body experience pain
  • Increasing of serotonin and noradrenaline levels resulting in reduced pain and increased nerve recovery
  • Improving the interaction of the sciatic nerve
  • Stimulating the regeneration of the sciatic nerve
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Research On Acupuncture For Sciatica

Acupuncture has been growing popular as a treatment that many medical professionals went to research it and found that acupuncture is a reasonable treatment. With that result, more and more medical experts recommend acupuncture as an alternative treatment for various medical conditions even for treating sciatica. One study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that acupuncture for sciatica was significantly more effective than conventional medication in treating sciatica [1].

Trying to find “acupuncture for sciatica Irvine” or acupuncture for lower back pain? Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center offers the best acupuncture for sciatica in Irvine and in the Orange County area.

back injury review

I got injured on my back due to falling down stairs at home. I thought I might break my back/side rib(s). Dr. Fu corrected me that I just injured some of my muscle, because I was still able to breathe freely without pain as long as I don’t put pressure on my injured part.

I couldn’t imagine after 7 treatments, not only a lot of painful spots disappeared, the remaining most painful spots are just 2-3 out 10 painful. Now, I feel I’m totally recovered, because of no more painful spots.

back pain review

Dr. Fu and his staff are wonderful! I originally came to see Dr. Fu because I had significant back and nerve pain. I had difficulty working due to the pain, and physical therapy helped but to a certain point. After seeing Dr. Fu, the pain decreased every week. After a few months I was back to working full-time with no pain. I have been pain free ever since.

Due to the success with this injury, I also had Dr. Fu try to improve other chronic issues.

Additional Info

With sciatica, there are some conditions that can cause it. Here are some that may cause symptoms of sciatica:

  • Irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine
  • Injury
  • An overgrowth of bone (bone spur) on your vertebra
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm in the back or buttocks


In some cases, there might be a medical condition that can cause you to experience symptoms of sciatica. Here are some common medical conditions that may cause sciatica:

  • A herniated lumbar disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Inflammation of the lumbar and/or pelvic muscles
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome

There are other things you should consider that can increase your chance of being affected by sciatica. Although some of these things do cause sciatica, they may make the pain you feel in your lower back worse. These include:

  • Age: As you age, you will experience changes in the spine like as herniated disks and bone spurs
  • Obesity: Excess body weight can contribute to the spinal changes by increasing the amount of stress on your spine. This may result in symptoms of sciatica.
  • Occupation: Certain jobs that require twisting the back, carrying heavy loads, or driving a motor vehicle for long periods might increase your chance of experiencing sciatica.
  • Prolonged sitting: Sitting for long periods of time or having a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica compared to active people.
  • Diabetes: This condition can increase your risk of nerve damage resulting in sciatica.

When it comes to your sciatica symptoms, there are some things in addition to acupuncture for lower back pain that can help in preventing sciatica from occurring again:

  • Exercising: Working out has many benefits. Certain exercises can help prevent sciatica by strengthening your back muscle, stomach, or core muscles which are muscles connected with a healthy back.
  • Have good posture: Having good posture can prevent other back pain aside from sciatica. Try using chairs with good back support to prevent slouching and to have proper placement of your feet and arms.
  • Mind your form: Lifting heavy objects with the proper form, by bending at your knees and keeping your back straight, can help reduce the chance of injury or strain on the body.
  • Stretching: This can reduce the chance of injury and help alleviate pain caused by sciatica. Some stretches that can help are reclining pigeon pose, sitting pigeon pose, forward pigeon pose, knee to opposite shoulder, sitting spinal stretch, and standing hamstring stretch.

[1] Ji, Mei et al. “The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2015 (2015): 192808. doi:10.1155/2015/192808

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