How Can Massage Therapy Help Sciatica?

The value of massage as a stress reliever is well known. Yet massage therapy can also help many people who are coping with physical pain. Let's see how it can help sciatica.

Do You Have Symptoms of Sciatica?

You might have been dealing with a pain or strong discomfort, usually impacting one leg from the hip down. It can last from a few hours to several days. It tugs at your attention during the day. It makes sleep elusive at night. 

More than four in ten people will feel the pain of sciatica at some point. A classic cause is repetitive muscle use from walking, running, cycling, or carrying weight. Simply stopping the physical activity doesn't help. The area will then tend to “lock up” and further compress the sciatic nerve.

Is This “True Sciatica”?

The sciatic nerve is the body’s largest nerve. From the lower back, it runs down the legs. Sciatica results from compression of part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, shooting pains, and tingling or numbness from the lower back downward.

But these sciatic pain symptoms are often piriformis syndrome, which is simply a muscular issue, not a “true” sciatic nerve condition.

Whether the pain you’re experiencing comes from true sciatica or piriformis syndrome, massage therapy can ease it.

Easing the Pinching Pain

One of the oldest forms of health care, massage therapy manipulates the soft tissues of your body, easing tension, restoring flexibility, and relieving physical pain. Massage works on sciatica by relaxing the tightened piriformis muscle’s grip on the sciatic nerve. The therapy will usually focus on inflamed, irritated spots known as the trigger points in the piriformis muscle. It will also include muscles in the lower back and hamstrings.

Massage therapy offers a natural alternative to surgery. And it can help you avoid (or rely less on) drugs that temporarily relieve sciatic discomfort, but set the stage for side effects over time.

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Shadyside, PA today.

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