Sciatica pain happens when the sciatic nerve roots located in your lower back become pinched or are irritated. Most often this medical condition is characterized by a centralized pain that starts in the lower back and travels down either leg. In addition to shooting pains, weakness or numbness may also occur.
Common symptoms associated with this condition may include hip pain, leg pain that hurts when sitting, a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up, burning or tingling, and a difficulty in moving either the leg or foot.
There are many different triggers for sciatica but the main ones include:
Herniated discs and bone spurs are the top two common causes of sciatica brought on by aging.
Excess body weight can contort your body into unhealthy postures which can instigate spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
- Existing Health Conditions
Existing conditions such as diabetes can put you at risk for nerve damage and thus make you more susceptible to nerve problems.
Depending on what you do for a living, people who are forced to sit for extended periods of time or are inactive are more at risk.
Courses of Action
Massage is a great course of action to alleviate the symptoms of this condition. If you have tight lower back muscles that exacerbate pain levels, massage can help induce a deep sense of peace and relaxation to encourage your muscles to limber up and prevent additional nerve irritation.