It is not hard to diagnose sciatica because the symptoms are very specific and pronounced. Sciatica is characterized by pain in one buttock and/or leg that is often described as a searing sharp or radiating pain with restricted mobility in the affected leg. Sciatica is actually a symptom of an underlying condition that the professional staff at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help treat and thereby relieve sciatica pain with alternative therapies.
Alternative Treatments for Relieving Sciatica Pain
- Massage: There are many benefits of massage therapy that can also help with sciatica such as muscle relaxation, increased circulation and endorphin release. Neuromuscular massage therapy, or trigger point myotherapy, applies consistent pressure to a muscle spasm area in order to release stored lactic acid and restart proper blood flow.
- Acupuncture: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recognized by the National Institutes of Health as an effective method in decreasing back pain, including sciatica pain. Acupuncture uses extremely-thin needles inserted near the problem area to open blocked energy pathways and restore well-being.
- Chiropractic: Since the sciatic nerve runs along the spine, any misalignment or bulging disc can put pressure on it and cause shooting pain. Adjustments to put the spine back into proper alignment should stop any irritation to the nerve.
Did you know the sciatic nerve is the largest in the body? And it is comprised of nerve roots stemming from each level of the lower spinal column? Since this is such a massive and widespread nerve, it makes sense that it has the potential to cause debilitating pain- don’t let that happen to you! If you are experiencing any sciatica symptoms, such as intense leg pain, numbness or weakness, come to the expert chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for relief of sciatica pain.
Most likely you saw Michael Phelps compete in the Rio Olympics with several dark circles across his back and learned that they were from a practice called cupping. Whether you have enjoyed the benefits of cupping for many years or would like to try it to relieve pain or aid in recovery, we now offer this service! Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for a cupping session to alleviate a variety of conditions including neck, back, knee or carpal tunnel pain.
In the 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Kathleen Lumiere, Professor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University, explains that cupping “increases blood flow to the area and creates a mild immune response” to help relieve pain. The practice has been in use since ancient times in China, Egypt and the Middle East but has become more widespread in the United States over the last decade. Cups are left on the body for up to 20 minutes while suction draws the skin up and leaves a temporary purplish mark when released.
Types of Cupping to Relieve Pain and Aid in Recovery
- Fire Cupping- the air inside a glass cup is quickly heated by a ball of burning cotton and then placed on the skin to create suction as the air cools.
- Pump Cupping- silicone cups with valves employ a pump instead of heat to create a vacuum.
- Wet Cupping- tiny cuts with a scalpel are made before placing the cup to draw out a small amount of blood.
Several studies have shown promising results, including a 40-person study published in the Journal of Occupational Health in September 2012 that found the relief from computer-related neck pain lasted a month after cupping. Another 40-person study in Germany found that cupping helped people suffering from painful arthritis in their knees, versus those who received no therapy. Other studies have shown positive results for people with a wide range of ailments, such as facial paralysis, herpes zoster and even acne!
If you have inflammation or knotted muscles, cupping can provide the benefits of deep tissue massage without the discomfort- book an appointment today with our acupuncturist, Christa, at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to experience the many health benefits of cupping!
We at the Cafe of Life in Longmont are excited to announce a new healing technique to our clients: acupuncture! The core of this medicinal philosophy is that our body’s vital energy, or Qi, needs to freely move through the body to nourish our tissues and organs for optimal health. If one of these pathways, called a meridian, becomes blocked then our Qi will be imbalanced and needs to be restored with thin, painless needles inserted at specific points.
Although this treatment has been effectively utilized for 3,000 years in the East, acupuncture has received recognition for awhile now in Western medicine as well. Twenty years ago an article was published by the National Institutes of Health that reviewed the efficacy of acupuncture in hundreds of clinical studies and concluded that “acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative” for the numerous ailments listed below.
Conditions that Can Be Effectively Treated with Acupuncture in Longmont
- Back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
- Biliary/Renal colic (pain from gallbladder obstruction/kidney stones)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facial pain- including craniomandibular disorders
- Headache- including migraines
- Leukopenia (a reduction of white blood cells from various diseases)
- Misalignment of fetus
- Menstrual cramps
- Nausea and vomiting- from chemotherapy or morning sickness
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seasonal allergies and hay fever
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Upper abdominal pain (from an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining)
The NIH article also pointed out that: “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” So if you are suffering from any of the above conditions, why not try acupuncture at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to unblock the obstruction in your body’s vital energy and restore balance to your health!
Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement Online 1997 Nov 3-5; June, 27]; 15(5):1-34.