Sciatic pain is known to be both intense and shooting and is resultant from the sciatic nerve bundle located in the lower back and sacral area of the body. Associated with painful sensations that can travel down into your lower legs, sciatic pain can interrupt your ability to go about your day.
Attributed to a range of conditions including a herniated or slipped disc, a pinched nerve, scar tissue, spinal tumors, joint conditions, weight gain during pregnancy, infections, or even muscle strain, this type of pain flares up whenever muscle inflammation occurs near this sensitive nerve bundle.
For those in need of relief, massage may be able to provide the right non-pharmacological and non-invasive treatment option. As a way to alleviate the tingling sensations, shooting pains, and numbness that accompany sciatic nerve issues, the long and stroking motions and deep application of pressure to muscle tissues work to address knots, increase oxygenation of the blood, boost circulation and lymph, and diminish the severity of pain.
Here’s how you can make the most of any massage session:
- Drink plenty of water before and after your session to ensure that your muscles are pliable and well-hydrated.
- Avoid long periods of stillness (like sitting at a desk). Set an alarm and get up and move!
- Eat light, healthy meals full of nutritious vegetables and try to avoid too much sugar or caffeine.
- Talk openly with your massage therapist about any aches and pains that you are experiencing.
- Sit back, close your eyes, and breath deeply while feeling yourself unwind and relax.