Sciatica is pain caused by compression and irritation of the sciatic nerve. The nerve runs from the back of the pelvis all the way to the buttocks and to the both legs down to the feet. This pain is felt in the buttocks and both legs.
Massage therapy can assist in relieving the pain caused by sciatica in several ways as described below.
Relax the gluteal muscles and piriformis
The piriformis gets tight sometimes and in turn compresses the sciatic nerve and causes pain. When pressure is applied to the piriformis and gluteal muscles through massage causes them to relax thereby relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve pain.
Influences the release of feel good hormones
Massage helps induce the production of feel-good hormones in the body. These hormones include dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. When these hormones are in high production, you experience less tension across the body even at the sciatic nerve. This promotes healing.
Massage lowers inflammation
Inflammation is one of the leading causes of sciatica. Massage helps lower the inflammation to the spine and the pain that comes with it. This helps in dealing with the pain around the muscles where the sciatic nerve is compressed. Moreover, the treatment of inflammation also enhances relaxation of the back especially after a long day sitting or carrying heavy loads.
Re-alignment of the discs and other muscle groups
Sciatica grows worse when the muscles and the spine are out of place. The general pressure is felt in many parts of the body beyond the buttocks and the legs. Massage re-aligns the muscle groups as well as the spine thereby lowering the pain. Massage also strengthens the muscles that hold the discs together thereby preventing the degeneration of the discs.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest techniques of treating several pains in the body. It works by manipulating the soft tissues to bring the tissues to normal. In addition to relieving sciatica, the therapy deals with depression, stress, and anxiety. Regular massage helps you remain productive all day long without pain or overexerting your body.
To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Seattle, WA today.