Massage Therapy for Sciatica Pain in West Bloomfield, MI
Sciatic discomfort occurs when the sciatic nerve roots in the hips and buttocks are irritated or compressed. The result ranges from an annoying dull ache to excruciating and debilitating pain that travels from the lower back all the way to the feet. Physical therapy, injections, and medication are traditional sources of pain relief. However, massage therapy for sciatica pain is another option that has proven success and has no unpleasant or unwanted side effects.
Your chiropractor has the training and skill to treat sciatica pain in a relaxed yet functional manner without resorting to medication. Whether massage will work for you or not depends on the source of your sciatic pain. A complete evaluation is necessary to determine where the pain originates and if massage is appropriate for your situation.
Massage for sciatica
If the source of your sciatic pain is from tight muscles, massage can alleviate the pain and loosen tense muscle tissue. Since tight back muscles place additional stress on nerve roots, careful and deliberate massage of the piriformis muscle can loosen tension and prevent inflammation and pinching. Combining specific stretching motions with deep tissue massage offers welcome relief for the pain. Targeted pressure to specific trigger points and inflamed areas calm and loosen tight, knotted muscles.
Massage therapy has the added benefit of releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-fighting mechanisms, that can also offer some relief for throbbing or burning sensations in the back and hips and up and down the legs.
While massage will temporarily resolve sciatic pain, it is only part of a comprehensive plan of treatment that your chiropractor will discuss with you. They may recommend additional stretching exercises and yoga to keep your muscles loose to prevent further pain and tightness.
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