Pain in the buttock or down the leg, unusual sensations tingling, numbness, pins and needles, weakness with difficulty in moving or controlling the leg, all symptoms of sciatica.

You may find your symptoms vary depending on what you’re doing at the time.  Like a telephone exchange, each part of the sciatic nerve gives a different distribution of pain to discrete areas of the leg.

What is this condition?

Sciatica is usually felt in one leg at a time, ranging from a dull ache to an incapacitating pain that prevents sleep and can require large doses of painkillers to get relief. Sciatic pain does not always accompany back pain. The quality and site of sensation can vary dependent on the position/severity of the imprint on the sciatic nerve.

Is this service right for me?

Quite literally a pain in the butt, the leg and even the foot. The deep nagging pain can radiate from your lower back, through your hip and butt, down the side of your leg, numbing your foot. It can even trip you up by “flopping” your foot.

How is it treated?

Acuhealth can help injuries to heal a faster because acupuncture has been shown to increase the anti-inflammatory response and increase blood flow.

Following a thorough assessment, treatment is a combination of muscle release, mobilisation, acupuncture and specific exercise. Recovery may take time as we build strength and flexibility. The risk of recurrence is very high.  Consequently, advice on ongoing care is essential.

Acuhealth relieves pain in a similar way to opioid painkillers, but without any adverse side effects. Treatments reduce inflammation and promote circulation to the injury to speed up healing.

We begin by assessing the possible causes originating from activity, posture and muscle tightness to develop a treatment plan tailored to you. Both a combination of acupuncture and deep tissue work to tight muscles often helps.

Acuhealth treatment will include some or all of the following:


Soft tissue & joint mobilisation


Laser therapy


Rehabilitation exercises

Occupational advice.

How much time does it take?

Each session takes approximately one hour.

How much does it cost?


Is it covered by private health insurance?

All treatments are covered by the leading health insurance companies.

  • Paul is a compassionate, intuitive and a skilful practitioner. He truly listens to my needs and concerns and is genuinely interested in my well-being. I came to him in extreme lower back pain which left me barely able to walk and included extreme pain down my left leg. I had never had acupuncture treatment before so was naturally very cautious, to begin with.  From the moment I began treatment, Paul was the consummate professional.  He took me through a clear plan of treatment, put me at ease immediately, took everything at my pace, and explained really clearly what was happening. I simply cannot recommend him enough.  I have advised a number of friends to have treatment with Paul and everyone returns with the same glowing reports. I would wholeheartedly recommend him for his professionalism, wisdom, compassion, incredible skill, and gentleness.

    Back pain and Sciatica Patient

  • I attended this Clinic with a chronic hip pain that was radiating down the outside of my left leg. Paul combined Acupuncture, Infra Red therapy, Cupping, and deep tissue manipulation over a 6 to 7 week period and I no longer had any pain. I am happy to say that 6 months later, I remain pain free. Thank you Paul for your professionalism, and of course the results.

    Hip and Sciatica Patient