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Massage Therapy for Sciatica

If you are experiencing pain in your lower back which radiates through one leg, you could be dealing with sciatica. Many people are affected by this common condition, and its severity can range from a minor inconvenience to a major hindrance. If you have been diagnosed with sciatica or you think you might be suffering from this ailment, massage therapy can be a great way to find relief.

As a certified massage therapist, I have helped people work through numerous conditions through the years, including sciatica. In the sections to follow, I will answer some commonly asked questions from clients who pursue massage therapy for their sciatica pain. Hopefully this insight will help explain why massage therapy is a great course of action to combat sciatica.

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What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is long and affects much of your lower body. This nerve runs from the back down the legs, and sciatica happens when one of these nerves is pinched or irritated. When there is an issue with the sciatic nerve, it’s usually felt in pain, numbness or weakness in the lower back and just one of the legs.

How Does Massage Therapy Help Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve usually becomes pinched or irritated due to an issue in nearby parts of the body. While sciatica can sometimes be the result of an injury, in many cases it’s due to inflammation in muscle groups near the nerve. Massage therapy can combat sciatica in many ways by using the natural properties of the body. Massage promotes blood flow and reduces inflammation, which can ease the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Muscle groups can also be loosened through massage therapy which can lead to immediate relief.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

There are many techniques which can be used to treat sciatica depending on the preferences of the client and the cause of their sciatic pain. When I work with new clients, communication is key to determine the best course of action. Massage therapy is preferred for sciatica over other methods like pain medication because it directly addresses the issue rather than just treating a symptom. By pursuing massage therapy, you allow the body to heal naturally with the help of non-invasive treatment. This method is the ideal first step and can help you avoid potentially harmful medication or surgical options.

How can I get started with massage therapy?

If you feel massage therapy can help overcome your sciatica, I would love to help. Starting is easy, and the first step is to book a consultation where we can discuss your pain and your health goals to create a plan to address your needs. I am confident massage therapy can help you find relief from sciatica pain.

I am happy to offer massage therapy services for people in the East Bay Area, including the cities of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin and Pleasanton. To book a consultation or learn more about massage therapy for sciatica, don’t hesitate to reach out to me today to get started.