Sciatica is a common condition causing distress for many people. Typically caused by spine conditions related to the lower lumbar region of the spine, sciatica can send off feelings of tingling or numbness from the hip down to the foot, and unfortunately for many it is not only numbness or tingling but a shooting pain that is triggered.
The trigger is caused by irritation, inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sitting for long periods of time can aggravate the condition, and for some people finding a comfortable position to sleep can be a chore. At its worst, pain emanating from the sciatic nerve can be present chronically throughout the day hampering everyday life.
If you are reading this because you suspected or heard that massage can be an effective treatment for sciatica, you will be pleased to know this is true! An experienced massage therapist with expertise in pain management massage can help alleviate sciatica symptoms and aid the healing process.
The complex muscle groups that surround the sciatic nerve including the thigh, hip, hamstring, buttock and lower back when treated by a professional can help restore proper circulation to the area increasing blood flow around the nerve which in turn delivers more oxygen and helps relieve the pressure placed on the nerve giving it a chance to heal and offer relief from pain and other troublesome symptoms.
Please keep in mind massage is not a cure for sciatica or an underlying condition that may have caused it, and you should always see your doctor first before treatment. What massage can do in many cases when perfomed by an experienced therapist is help manage the painful symptoms and aid the speed of recovery, helping you feel like your old self again.
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