Sciatica is one of the most painful musculoskeletal disorders that can affect people of all ages and abilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists sciatica as one of the most common pain complaints among adults in the U.S., which affects more than 10 percent of the adult population. Sciatic nerve pain begins in the lower back and travels down into the buttocks, thighs, and legs along the path of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body. The CDC also reports that of those individuals suffering from sciatica pain, a large portion of them turn to complementary treatments like medical massage, chiropractic care, and/or acupuncture to help them better manage their discomfort.
As your trusted massage therapist providing a natural healing approach to individuals in Leawood, Overland Park, and beyond, we want to help you find relief from your pain and discomfort. Today, we will explore the ways in which medical massage can relieve the symptoms associated with sciatica. If you or someone you love experiences pain caused by sciatica, reach out to Adjust Your Health to find lasting, natural sciatic pain relief in Overland Park.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
If you experience sciatica as the result of an injury, prolonged sitting, or acute or chronic tension in your back, you know just how painful this common disorder can be. The most common sciatica symptoms include:
- Pain originating in the lumbar and sacral spine.
- Radiating pain in the back, buttocks, hip, and lower extremities.
- Mild, severe, sharp, or radiating pain on one side of the body (sometimes both).
- Pain while sitting, standing, or lying down.
- Numbness and/or tingling (pins and needles) in buttocks, legs, and or feet.
- Reduced function and movement.
- Muscle weakness.
- Burning sensation.
Massage Therapy for Sciatica
If you experience these common symptoms of sciatica, medical massage as a stand-alone therapy, or in conjunction with gentle chiropractic care, can help ease tension in the soft tissues, stimulate healing, and relieve pain. Here are some of the ways massage therapy can ease sciatic nerve pain.
Releases Tightness and Tension
When the muscles in your lower back are tight and tense, it places stress on the lumbar spine nerve roots. By soothing the muscles in the back, your massage therapist can help the muscles relax to alleviate built up tension and stress in the soft tissues to reduce irritation on the sciatic nerve.
Encourages Release of Endorphins
Massage therapy is recognized as an effective treatment for relieving pain because this therapy stimulates the body’s natural response to relieve pain. Increasing circulation and blood flow through activities like exercise and massage trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. In addition to these good hormones, massage also encourages the release of other helpful hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, calms aggravated nerves, and relieves pain so you can feel and move better.
Improves Range of Motion
By relaxing the soft tissues, releasing tension, and promoting healthy circulation, massage therapy can effectively restore flexibility for an improved range of motion. As your massage therapist relieves tension and tightness in the muscles, stress on the sciatic nerve is reduced, which allows for better nerve function, thereby allowing for better movement and mobility.
Find Sciatic Relief in Overland Park
If you’re ready to experience the pain relief benefits of medical massage for sciatica, reach out to Adjust Your Health Chiropractic and Massage. As an allied team of chiropractors and massage therapists, we will work together to determine a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and pain concerns. Contact your Top Rated Local® massage therapist and chiropractor in Overland Park to get started.
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