Sciatica and Back Pain Relief
Anyone who has not experienced sciatica pain or back pain should consider themselves lucky. Those who have suffered from sciatica or back pain know that even mild pain can cause discomfort and affect their routine. Sciatica is the largest nerve in body and runs from lower back to feet through the back of legs.
Causes Of Sciatica Nerve Pain and Its Symptoms
Sciatica pain can be caused by lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and other disc related problems. Symptoms of sciatica can be varying from mild to extreme depending on the damage to the nerve. One might experience tingling and numbness or sharp shooting pain down the legs.
Other symptoms of sciatica nerve pain include constant pain in one side of buttock or leg or sometimes in both legs. A person might also feel weakness and experience difficulty in moving his or her leg, foot or toes. The pain is more when sitting and sometimes it’s so sharp that it may make it difficult for a person to stand up and walk.
Massage Therapy For Sciatica And Back Pain
A well-trained massage therapist can be of assistance as one deals with the back pain. The massage therapists can provide relief by encouraging blood circulation that helps with releasing the pressure that the nerve might be experiencing. As one visits a massage therapist, the therapist will work on the key muscle areas related to sciatica pain, such as the hamstring muscles, piriformis and also the glutes.
In most cases, overuse of the muscles by people who are active athletes may cause a trigger point developing in the piriformis muscles. This puts pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica like symptoms
Most of the massage therapy styles can be classified into two broader categories:
• The Swedish Massage: This starts with the therapist lubricating the skin of the client with massage oil and then performing some massage strokes which include nerve strokes, effleurage, petrissage, and the Swedish gymnastics. The stroking warms the muscle tissues hence releases tension thereby slowly breaking the muscle adhered tissues. The Swedish massage also encourages muscle relaxation.
One of the health benefits of Swedish massage is that it promotes a great sense of relaxation, reduces anxiety and body tension which also helps to relieve depression. Swedish massage improves circulation of blood, helps one feel energized by increasing the oxygen flow to the muscles. Also, it helps one’s body get rid of the waste products by stimulating the lymphatic system making the body process the waste products much faster. It is excellent for relieving back pain and sciatica nerve pain.
• Deep Tissue Massage:
This is somehow similar to Swedish massage, but the deep pressure benefits one more by releasing the chronic tension of the muscles. Here, the mobile massage therapist focuses on the deep layers of the muscles, tendons, and fascia. After a single forty-five to sixty minutes deep tissue massage, blood pressure usually falls. One is also likely to experience the drop in hormonal levels and heart rates as deep tissue massage boosts mood and relaxation as it triggers the releases of oxytocin and serotonin. It is also good to fix postural misalignment.
Massage Rx has a team of certified massage therapists who are expert in deep tissue massage, sports massage, Swedish massage, and can help you with any kind of pain, such as neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, etc. For more information, please contact us.