Benefits of Massage Therapy for Sciatica Back Pain Relief

What is Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Sciatica is a recurrent word used in reference to painful sensations along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins in your lower back, stretches through your hips, and extends down both of your legs. Sciatica is known to usually affect only one side of your body; compared to other never issues, which can be felt throughout the entire body. Pain associated with sciatica can range from mild to debilitating. Pain and discomfort aren’t all this disorder brings; Patients who suffer from Sciatica frequently experience other symptoms, such as numbness, a tingly sensation, or impotence in the affected limbs. If severe enough, Sciatica can become debilitating; making simple activities such as walking, standing up, and even sitting down, near impossible. Many patients who suffer from Sciatica seek out alternatives to traditional treatments, like prescription pills; massage therapy may be the perfect option. Continue reading to find out how massage therapy may be able to help you with your Sciatica today!

Benefits of massage therapy for Sciatica

It’s no secret that massage therapy is a widely accepted practice used for pain relief. A study performed in  2014 discovered a form of deep tissue massage may be just as, if not even more effective as some pain-killing drugs used in cases of relieving low back pain; which is one of the most common symptoms reported by patients suffering from Sciatica. When it comes to those suffering from Sciatica, massage therapy can assist with pain relief in two different ways. The main benefit that is commonly associated with massage therapy is alleviating built-up tension throughout muscles. When muscles become tense, it can cause pressure to be pressed onto your nerves, which includes, -you guessed it- your Sciatic nerve endings. When a therapist begins to massage these muscles, the tension will begin to release. Therapists will continue to massage these tense muscles in hopes to reduce built-up pressure on your sciatic nerve; in hand, relieving the associated pain. Much like the aforementioned deep tissue, Soft tissue massages also stimulate the release of endorphins. The release of these endorphins may also be assistance in increasing your body’s pain tolerance. Endorphins help the body by boosting pleasure and relieving pain; giving the body a sense of improved well-being. The body naturally releases endorphins during sex, exercise, as well as even eating!

What’s the best type of massage for sciatica?

As mentioned before, there are quite a few different practices when it comes to massage therapy. As far as research goes, there isn’t very much evidence to prove one form of massage is more beneficial to those who suffer from sciatic nerve pain than another. When it comes to choosing which style of massage to go with, it’s really all about personal preference. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common forms.

  • Deep Tissue: This is a rather aggressive type of therapy that implements slow strokes and uses the fingers to apply deep pressure to release tension.
  • Swedish: Swedish massage therapy doesn’t use quite as much pressure as mentioned with a deep tissue massage. During a Swedish massage, therapists use gentle flowing, kneading movements to help stimulate nerve endings which increases blood flow!
  • Hot Stone: This form of massage promotes relaxation and helps the body by easing tension in your muscles. The heated stones are implemented by being placed on very specific points of your body.
  • Neuromuscular massage: Although not as common, Neuromuscular massage is very beneficial for pain relief. This form of massage uses advanced techniques in which the combination of deep tissue pressure and friction are implemented to help the body release built-up tension.

After deciding massage therapy is the best route, it’s important to know how to choose the best therapist for you! Here at Salt Room Oviedo, we are dedicated to providing a customized massage experience to help every patient!