The heightened level and persistence of back pain can be almost unbearable. Sciatica can come on suddenly, or occur after sitting for long periods of time. The pain radiates from the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back and through your hips and your buttocks. It’s usually only felt on one side of the body, but as any sciatica sufferer can tell you, that’s enough. The pain of sciatica can range from mild and annoying to excruciating and disruptive when it comes to sleep and normal movements.
There are many conditions that can cause an irritation of the sciatic nerve, including a herniated disc, pregnancy, or a number of spinal problems. The treatment of sciatica is largely based on the cause. Treatment can include rest, medication, or even surgery to repair disks. Massage therapy can also be extremely helpful in relieving the pain.
If you are seeing a massage therapist to help with pain from sciatica, it is very important to make sure they know what they are doing. Before getting a massage it’s a good idea to meet with an expert and discuss what treatments are right for you. You also should communicate with your massage therapist about where your pain is, and what is causing the sciatica so they know which techniques to use. Also, it is key that you communicate with your therapist during the session. Patient response is crucial in determining the techniques and plan for relief.
Your massage therapist won’t be doing all of the work. You’ll need to take on certain self-care techniques between sessions to prolong the effects and manage your pain. These techniques may include stretching, making sure you drink enough water, applying heat or ice to the area, and some self-massage.
Source: www.healthcare.utah.edu; Libby Mitchell; January 8, 2015.