Massage Therapy For Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, and when
you've experienced pain from your lower back down through your leg,
you understand. Sciatica pain usually subsides on its own within
two months, there may be ways to alleviate the pain sooner.
While it may seem like exercise will only make the problem
worse, in fact the Mayo Clinic recommends low-impact exercise, like
water aerobics or stationary bike riding, as a way of releasing the
endorphins which act as natural painkillers. Another way of
releasing those endorphins is massage.
Massage can be highly effective in treating the pain of
sciatica. WebMD describes a study of 400 people with low back pain
who received either weekly massages, or permission to try whatever
they liked. (Alternatives to massage therapy included medication,
seeing a chiropractor, doctor or physical therapist, or taking no
action at all.)
Ten weeks later, the massage recipients reported better
functioning and less pain. In fact, more than a third of them said
their pain was completely or nearly gone, while only 4% of those in
the other group reported such improvement. Massage, concluded Dr.
Daniel Cherkin of the Center for Health Studies in Seattle, "does
help a significant chunk of people who have not benefited from
The professional therapy you'll receive at Massage Envy is
customized to your particular situation, and any type of
massage will help boost the "good" hormones in your body. Those
include endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, all of which are known
for calming nerves, promoting healing, providing natural pain
management, and helping you feel better.