Sciatic pain can feel almost impossible to treat at times. The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the body, and sciatic pain is caused when there is pressure or injury to that nerve. Big nerve, big pain!
Sciatica can cause everything from a pretty livable ache to a sharp, burning sensation to intense pain that makes it hard to live your life as usual. Some have described sciatica as if someone is poking their leg with a cattle prod. Maybe sciatica will make your leg feel numb, tingly, or weak. Finding relief from sciatic pain in Toledo, Ohio can seem like an impossible task!
Causes of Sciatic Pain
By definition, sciatica results from irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the most common of which is caused by a lumbar disc herniation or slipped discs putting pressure directly on the nerve root. Other causes of sciatica include:
Piriformis syndrome — the tightening or spasming of the piriformis muscle, a small muscle that lies deep in the buttocks, which can put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Spinal stenosis — a narrowing of the spinal canal, which results with pressure on the nerves.
Spondylolisthesis — The slippage of one vertebra so that it is out of line with the one above it, narrowing the opening through which the nerve exits.
Best Massage Treatments for Sciatic Pain
Medication and painkillers can be expensive, addicting and only masking the underlying cause of your sciatic pain. Some experiencing sciatic pain in Toledo, Ohio have found yoga, acupuncture, and physical therapy relieve sciatica, but massage therapy has been deemed the most beneficial treatment in relieving sciatic pain. Massage therapy is a safe and natural treatment that helps the muscles around the affected area to relax and inflammation to be relieved. Sciatic pain can make muscles in your back, hips, glutes, and legs to get tight and sore. Massaging them leads to the release of built-in toxic materials like the pain-causing ‘lactate’ and this leads to the pain being relieved.
Fascia is a type of tissue that surrounds all the cells, tissues and structure of the body. Myofascia is a three-dimensional structure and covers a muscle from all sides.
Gently massaging the muscles for myofascial release creates movements that take the pressure off of nerves and muscles which are tight and sore leading to better mobility
Myofascial Release Therapy is one of the treatments we offer at Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania and has been very effective in treating sciatic pain for patients in Toledo, Ohio
Trigger point therapy is also known as neuromuscular massage. Trigger points are areas in the body that hold pain and inflammation. These trigger points often refer pain to other locations in the body when touched or pressed. Trigger points can lead to sciatica pain too by irritating and causing inflammation of the muscles in the buttock, thighs, and legs. Trigger points are especially painful when in the ‘active phase’ and can send shooting pains down your whole back and leg.
Relieving sciatica pain by targeting trigger points through massage is quite an effective therapy. Call Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania for help with Trigger Point Therapy and find relief from your sciatica Toledo!
Deep tissue massage employs methods like stripping and friction to get rid of scar tissue, knots or adhesions which lead to muscular or nervous pain like sciatica. Knots or adhesions in muscles cause tightness and disrupt blood flow which can ultimately lead to nerve irritation. Deep tissue massage not only takes care of sciatica stricken aching muscles by loosening and relaxing the tissues, it also provides you with an increased range of motion.
Deep tissue massage can feel a little uncomfortable in the beginning as the pain is slightly worsened often at the very first session. But consistently performed deep tissue massage can cure sciatica and heal the nerve and muscles. One of our specialties at Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania is Deep Tissue and Medical Massage. We often treat our Toledo patients with sciatic pain with deep tissue massage as it is very successful in reducing the pain.
If you are experiencing sciatic pain in Toledo or Sylvania, Ohio we have promising information for you. Numerous studies have shown that specialized massage to the sciatic area can reduce the compression of the sciatic nerve, thereby relieving sciatic pain. Some patients at Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania report feeling relief from moderate sciatic pain in as little as one session. For others, several appointments are required to enable the muscle to release its hold on the sciatic nerve and provide long-term relief. If you’re suffering from long-term sciatica and are looking for a solution and prevention of future flare-ups, it’s best to make massage part of your overall wellness plan. Call Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania to schedule your appointment and find relief from your sciatic pain. 419-705-4994