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Sciatica
What is it?
Pain running down the back and outside of the thigh, leg and foot is caused by irritiation of the sciatic nerve at its root in the spine of the lower back. Common causes include a slipped disc, when the displaced disc presses on the nerve, and displacement of joints between the vertebrae and the spine.
Symptoms:
Pain running down the back and outside of the thigh, leg and foot.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors often advise sufferers to rest in bed on a firm mattress or with a board under the mattress. In severe cases, special X-rays such as a three-dimensional CAT scan or a myelogram may be used to reveal displacement of the disc. Many conventional doctors are now trained to use alternative treatments such as manipulation and acupuncture to treat joint displacement between vertebrae.
Alternative Treatments:
  Acupuncture
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Moxibustion
  Moxibustion is a way of applying heat locally to regulate; tone and supplement of the bodys flow of Qi (vital energy), and has been found especially useful for relieving post-operative pain and for conditions such as arthritis. More Info
  Acupressure
  Acupressure is a mixture of massage and acupuncture, and is thought to be the forerunner of acupuncture. Instead of inserting needles, practitioners use firm thumb or fingertip massage on pain relieving pressure points. Acupressure is used to balance a flow of energy called Qi, which is believed to run through invisible channels known as meridians. More Info
  Osteopathy
  Osteopathy aims to diagnose and treat medical problems in the framework. These problems may be caused by injury or stress. Osteopaths believe that when the structure of the body is sound, it will work just like a well-tuned engine. Osteopaths use their hands for massaging and manipulating the framework to restore normal, more comfortable function. More Info
  Hydrotherapy
  Hydrotherapy is the belief that water is the essence of life. If forms the major part of our bodies and is a constituent of most foods. It can be used to induce relaxation, to stimulate blood flow, to remove impurities, to ease pain and stiffness and to treat diseases. More Info
   



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