Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture

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My sciatica is totally resolved

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments ·

I have had trouble for years with sciatica – a pinched nerve in my lower back that gives me pain and numbness in my legs.  There is no comfortable way to sit, to stand, or to lie down and sleep at night.  But I refused to have anti-inflammatory drugs and Vicodin become part of my daily life.  I know losing a lot of weight would certainly help, but given my struggle with my weight the past 10 years, I am not counting on that to fix my back problem.

Beth Duffy at Garden Home Physical Therapy and Acupuncture combines physical therapy with traditional eastern medical methods.  I decided that, since the eastern methods have been around for thousands of years, maybe there was something to it.  I gave it a try.

Beth drew upon her physical therapy training to work on my lower back with stretches, exercises, and gentle manipulation.  She combined this with her professional experience as an acupuncturist.  She placed acupuncture needles in specific spots on my body, and most of the time I couldn’t even feel her do it.  If I did feel it, it was like getting a small shock from static – maybe even less than that.

My sciatica is totally resolved.  When I do overdo it and it flares up again, I just do the simple exercises and stretches Beth taught me, and it’s gone in a day or two.  I am so pleased with the results, and with Beth’s skills.  She incorporates the best of both worlds into treatment to maximize your chances of relief.  Don’t just decide to live with chronic pain, especially something like back pain that affects every moment of your life.  Maybe you can FIX it, not just medicate it.

H.L., Beaverton