Acupuncture for Sciatica

Acupuncture for sciatica treatment can help with pain relief and management.

Our natural treatments aim to reduce inflammation and nerve pressure and may reduce your sciatica pain. We treat the symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling)

Our sciatica treatments are gentle and don’t use any jarring or sudden movements so you feel comfortable during and after your treatment.

We use a combination of multiple treatment techniques.  They include sciatica acupuncture, manipulation, supplements, diet, special exercises and lifestyle advice. By not limiting treatments to one particular type, we are better able to tailor treatment to your particular situation.

We treat the whole person not just the problem area. Sciatica pain can come from a herniated disc, dislocated hip, osteoarthritis and pressure from the uterus during pregnancy.

It can also come from irritation and inflammation and poor Kidney function (from a Chinese medicine perspective).

That said it can be made worse through your choices of food, lifestyle, types of exercise and posture.  Finding out what is causing your sciatica pain and treating it successfully means we have to treat you in a holistic way.


How We Treat Your Sciatica

How we treat you will depend on our assessment of your particular situation. However, we use a range of treatment modalities to achieve the best result for you.

Acupuncture for Sciatica Pain

Sciatica acupuncture aims to deliver three treatment effects:

  • Reprogram your neurological pathways for pain.
  • Promotes the body’s natural healing response around the cause of the sciatica pain.
  • Treats your whole body to put you back into balance so your body can repair itself.

See how Acupuncture works here.


Chinese medicine has a completely different view of diet to Western medicine.  We look at the flavours, energies (hot/cold) and target organ nature of foods to recommend the foods you should and (more importantly) you should NOT eat.


We use gentle manipulation techniques which aim to relieve pressure, tightness and inflammation to directly reduce sciatica pain and discomfort.  We do not use any sudden or wrenching movements so you feel comfortable during and after.


We may use Chinese cupping techniques to remove stagnation and tension, and promote blood flow to the areas of sciatica pain.  Cupping is a often used along-side acupuncture.


We may recommend some specific exercises for you to strengthen weak areas, reduce tension in tight areas and increase your range of motion.  These help to improve and maintain the improvements we achieve for you during your treatments.  Exercises may include Qigong.

Additional self-healing advice

We ensure that you are doing the right things to help yourself to speed up your recovery and reduce the number of times you need to see us.

An Alternative To Drugs And Surgery

Nerve pain is notoriously difficult to treat with standard manual therapies and medications.

Medications (over-the-counter analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID) and epidural steroidal injections) may only mask the pain temporarily.  They may not specifically deal with the primary cause of the pain.

Long-term use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs may cause other health problems. Other common side effects of NSAIDs include gastrointestinal problems, raised liver enzymes, diarrhoea, headache, dizziness, salt and fluid retention and high blood pressure.

Surgery may or may not help your sciatica pain.  Surgery is a highly invasive, and often expensive and painful option that may come with long recovery times.  In our opinion, surgery should be viewed as a last resort.

Our treatments aim to reduce inflammation and nerve pressure and reprogram your pain pathways to reduce or eliminate your sciatica pain. Acupuncture melbourne treats  the symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling) for relief.

Evidence of how acupuncture can assist with pain relief and management is here.

*For evidence of how acupuncture can help with pain relief and management go here.