Sciatica Specialist

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM -  - Acupuncturist

RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM

Acupuncturist located in Nutley, NJ

Research shows that acupuncture is an effective treatment option for sciatica, even more so than many conventional Western medicine approaches. At RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab in Nutley, New Jersey, Alan Genitempo, LAc, DACM, offers acupuncture, electric stimulation acupuncture, and a variety of other holistic and alternative treatments for sciatica. Reserve your consultation by calling RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab or by booking an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a collection of symptoms that cause low back pain that shoots down the back of your buttock and leg. It usually only happens on one side of your body at a time and comes from the compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve. 

The sciatic nerve, which happens to be both the longest and thickest nerve in your body, starts with its root at the spinal cord and branches down your leg. If there’s an impingement near the root, you feel tingling, pain, or numbness running along the nerve’s length. 

The impingements leading to sciatica may come from a variety of conditions and injuries that affect the spinal column. A few of the most common are spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing), herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis. 

Am I at risk for sciatica?

Almost anyone can develop sciatica due to spinal conditions that pinch nerve roots exiting the spine. There are several prior conditions and circumstances that put you at a higher risk for sciatica, including:

  • Past injuries of the spine or lower back
  • Obesity
  • Weak core muscles
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Smoking
  • Occupations with heavy lifting
  • Inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle
  • Aging

Dr. Genitempo considers factors like these while planning your treatment at RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab.

How does acupuncture treat sciatica?

RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab offers traditional acupuncture and electric stimulation acupuncture to treat sciatica. Traditional acupuncture involves very fine needles that Dr. Genitempo uses to stimulate strategic points, eliciting a healing response from your brain. 

Acupuncture works by balancing energy flow in your body along pathways called meridians. Placing needles in certain points along the meridians helps rebalance them and may also work by stimulating your nerves and muscles. 

If you opt for electric stimulation acupuncture over the traditional option, Dr. Genitempo connects the needles for your procedure to electric cables. The electrical impulses traveling through the needles facilitate muscle twitches and stimulate neurochemical responses in your brain that help with healing. 

What other treatments can relieve sciatica?

Dr. Genitempo might customize your sciatica treatment to include other procedures and products, including CBD products, herbal supplements, and therapeutic exercises. Cupping, dry needling, and massage therapy are also effective options for relieving sciatica.

Therapeutic exercises and strategic stretching can help remove some of the pressure from your sciatic nerve, resulting in relief from the pain or discomfort of sciatica. 

If you experience symptoms that align with sciatica, call RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab, or request an appointment online today.