The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. This nerve is also a source for a lot of discomfort in a lot of people. The nerve! Sciatic nerve pain, known as sciatica, can create pain in the lower back, buttocks and down the back of the leg. This pain is variable and it can be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, isolated to one area or it can run all the way down. The type and severity of pain depends on where the pressure takes place on the sciatic nerve.
Massage is both a natural and effective way to treat nervy pain. Massage can improve circulation and decrease inflammation in the body. Massage can help relax tense muscles that may be putting pressure on the nerve. A lot of treatments for sciatic include stretching and a massage may even serve the sole purpose of relaxing you muscles in order to stretch more efficiently. Plus, you’ll have a better range of movement, feel more relaxed, sleep better, and you’ll be in a better mood too!
Massage therapist Dexter Cabasug of Rio Spa and Salon in Las Vegas has had a lot experience treating pain associated with nerves.
“An older woman came to see me for low back pain and sciatica. The problem started in her late 20s. She had seen several doctors and specialist but nothing was working. She had been diagnosed with scoliosis. Her muscles on the left side of the spine just above the hip bone is much larger the opposite side. I found that the key was her psoas muscles are very tight. I worked the psoas and used stretches plus relaxing the surrounding muscles. After five sessions her sciatica is almost completely gone. It took months to work through the scar tissue, but it was worth it because on the left side, the size was reduced a lot. She is working with a personal fitness trainer to build muscle on her weaker side. And now she is doing well without pain.”
In addition, Dexter also found the benefits of massage therapy for nerve damage in much the same way as treating sciatica.
“One of my clients came into the spa with pain in the palms of his hands. His doctor told him he had nerve damage, he was told there were nothing else that it could be done, and it will only get worse. He asked if I could help. One week after the first session he returned, held out his hands and said it helped a lot, because he can open his hand with little pain. After several sessions the pain was gone.”
You should not rely solely on massage to treat sciatica or pain associated with nerve. There could be important underlying factors that are responsible for back pain and sciatica such as muscle imbalances, poor posture, or other personal habits that may need to be addressed. Massage should be used in combination with other treatments.