The sciatic nerve bundle is composed of several nerve roots that begin in the lower back and sacral region.This nerve goes down the back of the thigh around muscles like the piriformis and runs down from the sacral area to the legs and then down to the lower leg and foot.
Tightening of these muscles can cause the sciatic nerve to get compressed and become painful. The pain can be mild which causes slight tingling. Severe sciatic pain can prohibit the patient from moving or even lying down.
It is always advisable to get sciatica diagnosed by a physician because more serious factors that can cause similar pain need to be ruled out. This can be spinal problems like misalignments of the discs or their degeneration because of age. Muscle spasms and tensions can also cause this pain and needs to be treated differently. Cold compresses can quite often alleviate sciatica pain and may be used for initial treatments and mild attacks. Incredible pain relief can be obtained from massage therapy once the problem is identified as originating from the sciatic nerve.
The massage therapy can start with an assessment of the back and buttock area. The piriformis is usually tight or having some spasms. This compresses the sciatic nerve and causes pain. The massage treatment would include applying strong constant pressure to the piriformis and other gluteal muscles to make them relax and reduce the spasms. These muscles can become tight because of constant pressure on them due to extended periods of time while seated and because of long hours of driving or spending. The massage therapist would usually include long strokes, which go deep into the muscle fibres. The pressure and technique varies depending upon the therapist. Here at Rainbow Bay Massage we prefer deep tissue techniques. Gentle vibration of the buttock and sacrum may also be practiced. This can require several treatments to enable the muscle to release its hold on the sciatic nerve. This allows for longer relief and proper rehabilitation.
Home massage techniques can also be practiced with a tennis ball as a follow up to the treatment or when the pain is less severe. Place it in the middle of one buttock while lying down. Let your weight settle on the ball and cause pressure on the piriformis. Then move on to a firmer rubber ball. Be still while the muscle relaxes. Repeat the massage treatment on the other buttock. Rolling the ball across the gluteal muscles while lying down may also help. Be sure the pressure is on the muscles only and not any bones. If you do feel sore after this treatment, apply some moist heat to the area with a heated wet towel. Also a warm Epsom salt bath is an amazing treatment on its own.
Massage Therapy is a better way to ease sciatica pain than continually using painkillers. Massage therapy for sciatica pain may require multiple sessions, but relief can be permanent or last for many months. It is important that the sufferer take care to see that the conditions that caused the sciatica pain are avoided. Also devise a good corrective exercise program.
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