How Massage Therapy Can Help With Sciatica PainThursday, June 14th, 2018
If you experience back pain, then you are not alone. Around 80% of the population of America experiences some type of back pain. Sciatica, one of the most common types of back condition, has a signature pulsing pain that radiates through your hip, leg, and foot. The following can help you understand your sciatica and how massage therapy can relieve your symptoms.
What is sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is actually composed of five different nerve roots. These roots start in your lower back and run down each of your legs and into each foot. There are a number of reasons why pain occurs in these roots. Usually, they become compressed, injured, or irritated, which can cause discomfort and pain. Because this multi-root nerve is complex, pain can be experienced in several ways and in a variety of locations. Some descriptions of sciatica pain include tingling, weakness, numbness, stabbing sensations, or burning sensations.
What causes sciatica?
The most common cause of sciatic nerve pain is a herniated disc in the back pinching on the nerve. Other causes of sciatic pain include lifting heavy objects with your back instead of legs, being pregnant, or driving a vehicle that strongly vibrates. Medical conditions that may cause sciatica are degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.
Treating sciatica with massage therapy
Trigger point massage therapy is not as relaxing as other types of massage therapy, but it can enhance the healing process. With this type of therapy, the practitioner manipulates trigger spots through a cycle of pressure and release. The trigger spot may require several massage sessions to produce relief, but if you stick with it, you will heal more quickly.
Deep tissue or Swedish massage can be helpful in treating your sciatica as well. If your lower back muscles are tight, it will put pressure on your inflamed sciatic nerves. Loosening the muscles and tissues in these tight spots can reduce pressure and give you relief. Endorphins are released during massage therapy and are a natural mechanism to cope with pain. These hormones can act as a pain reducer for your entire body.
Other parts of the body tend to compensate when you are in pain. You limp when you have a hurt hip and if your back hurts, you may hunch over. If your leg hurts, you might sit in an unusual way to try to relieve pain, but this could also trigger back pain. A massage can help you relax muscles in all of these areas. Be sure to speak with your doctor about your sciatica and get a plan for treatment for your entire body.
Looking for sciatic pain treatment in Amarillo?
The professionals at Back to Basics Massage Studio in Amarillo, Texas can help you find relief from your sciatica. We offer multiple services including Swedish Massage, Cupping Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, and Acupuncture. Contact Us by email or give us a call at (806) 322-3706 to find out more about how we can help you. You can also visit us in person at 3714 Olsen Blvd. in Amarillo or Book an Appointment Online.