Sciatic nerve is one of the largest single nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve runs on either side of the lower vertebrae down through your legs all the way down to your feet. Some of the common symptoms that people feel are pain in the lower back region, the buttocks, thighs and even the feet. Most people feel weakness, tingling, burning, and shooting sharp pain and numbness. The majority of the time people will start to feel these symptoms when they are sitting or standing for long periods of time. Lots of people who work an office job that involves sitting down for long periods of time tend to have sciatica because of those conditions.
It is said about 40% of the population who work a sit down job or stand for long periods of time and complain of lower back and leg pain suffer from sciatica. Most people who suffer from a herniated disk or bone spurs will also develop sciatica. Some different treatments for sciatic pain are to apply hot and cold packs, and to learn different exercises to relieve the pain. One example of a sciatica exercise is to lay on your stomach with both arms out in front of you, similar to the starting position of a push-up, pressing your forearms and elbows down into the floor as you raise your upper back. It is important while you are doing this particular exercise to relax your stomach muscles and arch your back. Make sure not to lift your hips up off the ground and hold the posse for about 30 seconds relax and repeat about 2-3 times.
Benefits of massage for sciatica pain
Massage does not fully cure sciatica but studies show about 54% of healthcare providers will promote their patients to receive a massage as a part of their treatment. Massage can help improve circulation/blood flow as well as ease the pain and increase your endorphin levels. Endorphins are internal opioid neuropeptides that are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary glands. Lots of times when you exercise your body will release these and trigger a positive feeling within your body. So when receiving a massage in promoting circulation, your body will release these chemicals and make you feel better.
When receiving a massage, the muscles that your massage therapist here at Oahu Spine & Rehab will work on are the quadrates lumborum and both psoas muscles (lower back), all four glute muscles and piriformis located in the buttocks and all hamstrings muscles that make up your thigh. It is also very important to remain hydrated with water after your massage.
Sciatica can be a very painful condition but with the proper exercises and making a few adjustments to your daily routines (i.e.; taking a few mins to yourself to stand up and stretch or via versa sitting for a few minutes after standing for long periods of time, using hot or cold packs, trying to remember not sit with your phone, wallet or anything else in your back pocket, proper exercises). getting a massage regular. If you follow these protocol I can promise your sciatic pain will start feel better.