The Sciatic Nerve
What causes compression on this nerve?
Herniated Disc and/or Bone Spurs
Direct Trauma to the Sciatic Nerve
How Massage Therapy can Relieve Sciatica
With Piriformis Syndrome, my main focus is to release the piriformis muscle. I often work on the low back and surrounding muscles that will become tight with aggravation and unwanted stress on the area. My ultimate goal is to loosen up the piriformis muscle and take pressure off the nerve. This has a great effect on relieving pain in the area.
Similarly, I go about relieving pain from a herniated disc issue by releasing tight muscles in the lower back, specifically those that compress on the nerves themselves, as well as muscles that compress the spine. In the case of a herniated disc, there can be instability in the spinal segments around it, causing certain low back muscles to attempt to protect the low back from doing any unsafe movements. The extra stress on these muscles will cause them to become very stiff and tight. Massage therapy focusses on decreasing some of the tension in these overworked muscles, leading to diminished pain and stiffness. I also treat muscle tension in the hip and leg because the herniated disc impacting the nerve causes muscles down the leg to become tight and sensitive.
I practice a manual approach to healing with a focus on soft tissue manipulation and can contribute largely to alleviating the pain, stiffness and neurological symptoms of sciatica. Massage therapy combined with physiotherapy and chiropractic care can make for a great treatment plan toward regaining lost function, relieving pain, and enhancing the overall health of the low back, hip, and sciatic nerve.
With that in mind, all that is left is for you to take the next step toward feeling better and book a massage today! To schedule a session, please contact our Dartmouth clinic at 902-404-3668, extension 1.
by Roy Angel, RMT