Welcome to the Intuity website. Sciatica is one of the most frequent conditions treated with acupuncture. Many patients get good symptomatic relief, with acupuncture reducing inflammation and pain, increasing blood flow and improving muscle and joint mobility.
Give me a call if think you might benefit - I offer a free phone consultation. Appointments are available at this Staines/Egham location.
Sciatica is felt as pain, sometimes with numbness and tingling, usually down one leg, often including the buttock, back or side of the thigh, past the knee to the foot. The pain can range from intermittent to continuous, and from mild to severe. Low back pain can also be present, but is generally less intense than the pain down the leg.
The cause of the pain is usually constriction of the sciatic nerve in the lumbosacral region of the spine. This is commonly caused by a prolapsed disc or muscle spasm, but in older people can be caused by osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). In rare cases the pain can also be a sign of serious illness, and so it is important to get a diagnosis from your doctor.
Conventional treatment includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, physiotherapy, corticosteroid injections and ultimately surgery.
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I practise traditional Chinese acupuncture. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on the person as a whole (body and mind) and seeks to enhance their natural healing response rather than suppressing symptoms. The treatment will be tailored to you and your sciatica symptoms specifically. This different perspective means acupuncture is often used alongside conventional medicine.
The Acupuncture Sessions
The sessions will be tailored to your individual needs to ensure the best possible outcome. Frequency of treatment is usually 1 - 2 sessions per week, depending on symptom severity. Once improvement is seen then the frequency is reduced. Generally a course of treatment is 8 - 10 sessions. Changes should be noticed in 4 - 6 sessions with improvement by the 8th session.
Acupuncture sessions cost £60 per session.
I am a licensed acupuncturist with a BSc(Hons) in Acupuncture from the International College of Oriental Medicine in West Sussex.
"I saw Keith for sciatica pain in my left buttock. From one treatment the pain reduced and one week after this the pain was completely gone. Thank you Keith" - Shirley, Hove
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Appointments available at this Staines/Egham location.