Sciatica and Treatment
The sciatic nerve travels through your lower back, hips and buttocks. If a herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve, it causes the nerve to swell and pain shoots through the lower body.
Massage therapy can be helpful for relieving the pain and discomfort associated with Sciatica that causes pain to travel along the sciatic nerve.
Ways massage therapy can help with Sciatica:
Promotes relaxation: Massage therapy can help to relax the muscles and reduce tension throughout the body. When the muscles in the lower back and legs are relaxed, there is less pressure on the sciatic nerve, which can help to reduce pain and discomfort.
Improves circulation: Massage therapy can also help to improve circulation to the affected areas, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation. Improved circulation can also help to reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Reduces inflammation: Sciatica is often caused by inflammation in the lower back or leg. Massage therapy can help to reduce inflammation in the affected area, which can help to reduce pain and discomfort.
Increases endorphins: Massage therapy can stimulate endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. When endorphins are released, they can help to reduce pain and promote a feeling of well-being.
It's important to note that massage therapy should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for Sciatica, which may include other therapies such as chiropractic care or medications.
It's also important to work with a licensed massage therapist who has experience working with clients with Sciatica to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective.
Questions we are Asked about Sciatica
What causes Sciatica?
Sciatica may be caused by inflammation, pinching or compression of a nerve and a herniated disc putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other causes may include spinal stenosis, a bone spur, or a muscle spasm.
What are the signs it is Sciatica?
The most common sign of Sciatica is a pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. Other symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg.
How is Sciatica diagnosed?
Sciatica is typically diagnosed by reviewing medical history and through a physical examination. The therapist may want to do imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans to help diagnose the condition.
What are the treatment options for Sciatica?
Treatment options for Sciatica may include massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, medications, and in some cases, surgery. The treatment plan depends on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause of the Sciatica.
Can Sciatica be prevented?
Sciatica may be prevented by maintaining good posture, staying active, and practicing proper lifting techniques. It's also important to avoid sitting for long periods of time and to take frequent breaks to stretch and move around.
Home remedies that may help relieve Sciatica
Hot or cold therapy: Hot or cold compresses can help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You can also try a heating pad or ice pack for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
Stretching: Gentle stretching exercises can help to reduce tension in the muscles and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Examples of stretches that may be helpful include knee-to-chest stretches, seated spinal twists, and hamstring stretches.
Yoga: Certain yoga poses can help to relieve the symptoms of Sciatica by improving flexibility and reducing tension in the muscles. Examples of some yoga movements that may be helpful include the downward-facing dog, pigeon pose, and seated forward bend.
Walking: Walking can help to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. If possible, try to walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
Over-the-counter pain relievers: Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to reduce pain and inflammation; however, it's good to talk to your doctor before taking any medication.
These home remedies and exercises should be used as part of the treatment plan for Sciatica. If you're still experiencing symptoms of Sciatica, book a consultation with our massage therapist, Brent Ellis, RMT.
Relief From Sciatica
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