What are massage therapy techniques for sciatica pain?

If you’re someone struggling with sciatica pain, you might be relieved to know that a good massage can not only help you feel calm and relaxed but can also relieve sciatic pain. Read on and learn how.

What is Sciatica Pain?

Sciatica is characterised by pain, tingling sensation or numbness from the lower back going down the leg. For most people, the pain is only on one side of the body, but in some cases pain can also be experienced on both sides. 

It is important to note however that sciatica is a set of symptoms and not a diagnosis for what’s causing the nerve root irritation. Thus it wouldn’t be appropriate to say that Sciatica is a disease that can be cured by massage. And so it is strongly recommended that each patient suffering from this kind of pain to get advice from medical practitioners because relief should always depend on what is causing the condition or making it worse over time. However, as mentioned above, massage therapy can certainly ease the pain.

Massage Therapy styles for Sciatica pain

     1. Trigger point 

Though not as relaxing as a typical massage, it can bring a major dose of healing to your sciatic pain. During this kind of massage, your therapist will manipulate trigger spots or those areas that cause pain to other parts of your body through cycles of pressure and release. You may need to undergo several sessions to work through the trigger spot, but it’s sure to bring great quick relief. If you work in a job that’s known for back injuries like glass repair or as an auto mechanic, you might need weekly trigger point massage to really see the full benefits.

     2. Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage

This type of massage can extremely be helpful in treating sciatica symptoms. A tight lower back tends to put pressure on inflamed sciatic nerves and since Swedish or deep tissue massage works on those knots and tight spots, it can ease that pressure thus bringing relief. 

In general, all types of massage therapy triggers the release of endorphins which are known as the “feel good hormones” that can act as a whole-body pain reducer but the above two types are the best for sciatica pain. So, reach out to a massage therapist near you and let them know about your sciatica, but be sure to consult your physician first.