For those who have not yet experienced sciatica pain, count your blessings.
For those of you who have had to deal with mild or severe pain from your sciatica nerve, we know exactly how you feel.
Sciatica pain is not fun, and is not pleasant. Sciatica pain usually comes about with a problem in the lower back where compression occurs in the nerve, which sends pain down the leg.
The sciatica is the biggest nerve in your body, and begins in the lower back and goes down both of your legs.
Symptoms that you may experience include but are not limited to: tingling, numbness, and a pain which is shooting down the leg are all clear indicators that you have possible compression in your sciatica.
So how can massage therapy help when the pain is just too much? Going to see a trained registered massage therapist can help you as the goal in dealing with problems with the back is that a massage therapist can send much needed relief to that area by promoting circulation which will help with releasing the pressure the nerve maybe experiencing.
When you visit your massage therapist, they will work on the major muscle areas that are part of that area, such as: the piriformis, the hamstring muscles, and the glutes, among others.
Often times, muscle overuse by those who are active in running and cycling can cause a trigger point to develop in the piriformis muscles, which can then put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which then causes sciatica like symptoms.
For more serious issues where a disc is the cause of the problem, surgery maybe the only relief.
However, for most people it doesn’t get to that point, and massage therapy is the perfect relief as relaxing the piriformis muscles in most cases cause relief in a short time, and allow you to get back to your normal routine in no time.
When you have sciatica pain, it may seem that there is no relief in sight. Even though the pain is intense, seek treatment as soon as possible. What this will do is allow your massage therapist ample time to diagnose and relieve the tension around the area so you can start to get relief, and pressure off of the nerve as fast as possible.