One the most common sport injuries for athletes is Sciatica. This disorder is an irritation of the largest nerve in the body known as the Sciatic nerve. The cause of the nerve irritation can be from a bulging or protruding disc pressing onto the nerve or tight muscles, especially around the gluteus/ butt region, squeezing onto the same nerve. Other than pain on the areas of the lower back and hips, sometimes symptoms of shooting pain, numbness and tingling, and/ or sensation of ‘pins and needles’ on the legs and feet are typically associated with Sciatica. Those that are most susceptible to Sciatica are athletes who are in a flexed forwards posture (such as cyclists), or in athletes that use a large amount of trunk rotation in various swing sports such as tennis and golf.
How Acupuncture Can Help Ease Your Sciatica Pain
The insertion of acupuncture triggers a response from your nervous system causing several things to happen. It releases a cascade of your body’s natural painkillers such as endorphins and enkephalins, increasing fresh blood flow and relaxing the muscles in the injured areas. These injures areas can be the muscles along the lumbar spine, the gluteus muscles, the hamstrings, and even the piriformis muscles (located deep within the gluteus muscles).
Blood circulation to the areas of injury is of utmost importance when it comes to healing injuries. If blood flow is restricted or obstructed for whatever reason, the area will be negatively impacted, and become much more difficult to heal. This is especially common in more chronic health conditions or injuries in which dysfunctions accumulate over time.
Why Blood Flow Is So Important for Healing
Having proper blood flow is important because it contains many of the healing components needed to repair the body. It contains analgesics (your body’s naturally produced pain killers), nutrients, oxygen, immune cells, hormones, and more. Acupuncture allows that the body to receive the proper amount of fresh blood to the injured area, allowing your body to heal itself much more quickly and efficiently.
When you are injured, your body goes through two main stages to heal itself. The initial stage is mostly about protecting the area that you’ve injured. This happens when your nerves send pain signals to your brain, alerting you there is an issue in an area. Next, the brain creates a ‘guarding’ reflex in the surrounding muscles, making it more difficult to move (such as soreness or a limited range of motion) to make sure that you don’t injure yourself further. Lastly, the brain restricts flow of blood to the area in case it is due to an infection or a poison (from something like a snake bite).
Once this stage is complete, inflammation will be reduced in the area and your brain begins the second stage of healing. This is when acupuncture really helps you out in helping your body heal as quickly as possible. As stated earlier, the brain will release chemicals to help alleviate the pain, relaxes your ‘guarding reflex’ to allow increased range of motion in your muscles, and dilates your blood vessels to bring back blood flow to the area in need of healing.
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