Sciatica Pain

The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Sciatica Pain

Kate Keenan blog

Sciatica pain can be debilitating and can disrupt your entire life. But there’s no reason why anyone should have to suffer through this intense pain when there’s help available.

At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists we can work with you to develop a plan to help lessen or, in many cases, alleviate your sciatica pain. We use different techniques of massage for sciatica pain. With even one massage session, you’ll start feeling the benefits of massage therapy for easing the pain caused by your sciatic nerve. The tension and pressure put on the sciatic nerve will begin to ease. Then with a few more sessions, you’ll see how effective massage therapy is for the management of sciatica pain.

What Causes Sciatica Pain

Sciatica pain comes from the sciatic nerve. The roots of this nerve are located in the lower back area. People who experience sciatica pain often complain of pain in the lower back, in the hip area, and pain that shoots down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and continues down the back of both legs.

When the sciatic nerve roots get irritated by something, that will cause you to feel pain or discomfort anywhere along the path of the nerve. In some cases, the roots of the nerve are being pinched by something else in the body. This could be discs, muscles, or bones, and it often leads to shooting pain down the backside of the leg on the affected side.

Sciatica Pain

How Does Massage Therapy Work for Sciatica Pain

Massage for sciatica pain works to relax the muscles that surround the sciatic nerve roots located in the lower back. When the muscles in your lower back tighten up, they start to pinch those nerve roots. The more irritated the nerve roots get, the more pain you could begin to feel in your back, hips, buttocks, and legs.

The more relaxed you can feel by getting a massage for sciatica pain, the less pressure there ends up being on your sciatic nerve roots. Regular massage therapy sessions can take the pressure off your sciatic nerve roots, alleviating discomfort.

Another benefit of massage for sciatica pain is that endorphins are released into your body when you receive a massage. Endorphins can block pain signals in the body. They work by triggering the opiate receptors in your brain. Once the receptors are activated, the pain signal traveling between the nerve and the brain gets blocked, so you don’t feel the pain. Regular massage therapy sessions can help you manage your sciatica pain with the release of endorphins.

Deep Tissue Massage

The sciatic nerve, like other nerves, doesn’t run along the top of your muscles. It lies deep underneath them. If you’re experiencing sciatica pain, it means your nerve roots are being agitated by whatever is surrounding them in your body. Deep tissue massage is the technique used to relieve chronic muscle tension. The muscles that are sitting just over the sciatic nerve will loosen, relieving any pressure they were putting on the nerve roots. Easing the pressure will, in turn then, relieve you of your pain.

The Bottom Line

Massage therapy is an effective natural, non-invasive treatment option for sciatica pain.

Kate's interest in the medical field began with her mother, who worked as a Special Care Nursery nurse for 50 years. Kate began working in the medical field with a mobile X-ray company, where she continued to foster her interest and learn critical information about a variety of diseases and conditions, along with the processes of diagnosing and treating them. Kate has been writing professionally for 12 years, and she is working on her Masters in English. She loves dogs, good food, and the beach.