How Can Massage Therapy Help Sciatica?

Up to 40 percent of the population will experience sciatic nerve pain at some point in their lives. Sciatica pain can be a mildly annoying ache at best, and a debilitating menace at worst. It can prevent you from being active, getting a good night’s sleep, and performing everyday tasks. The pain can occur intermittently and last for a day or two, or it can be chronic. The good news: Massage therapy is a natural way to ease the discomfort caused by sciatica.

Causes of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body; it starts in sacrum, in the lower back, and travels through the buttocks and down the backs of the legs. The pain manifests when the nerve becomes compressed or pinched. Certain conditions can cause the compression or pinching; they include, but are not limited to herniated discs, a back or pelvic injury, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a tight piriformis muscle.

How Massage Therapy Can Relieve Sciatica

The lower back muscles can become tight and put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, causing a painful flare-up. Massage therapy relaxes those muscles, and can thus improve flexibility and range of motion. You may then be able to do gentle stretches in order to add regular movement to your treatment, which in turn can help keep sciatica pain at bay. Massage also offers pain relief because it releases endorphins, chemicals produced by the body when one is happy and relaxed; they are the body’s way of producing its own pain relief. 

Multiple massage therapy sessions for sciatic nerve pain can provide drug-free relief that can last for up to three months. However, massage isn't a replacement for a medical doctor’s care. Tell your doctor that you’re seeking massage therapy as a supplement to your regular medical treatment. You deserve to live a pain-free life.

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Kennesaw, GA today.

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