This is a popular question that I get asked on a daily basis. Other questions that I commonly get are:
- What causes sciatica?
- Does chiropractic care help with sciatica?
- Will my sciatica pain ever go away?
For the sake of this blog, I will stick to covering massage and how it can help with sciatica.
First, let’s talk about the overall effect of massage. Massage is a technique that can use either hands, tools or even stretching techniques to get soft tissue areas to relax and become more pliable. What this is actually doing is relaxing the tissues of specific body parts enough to enhance blood flow and decrease inflammation. This can of course give relief of pain for many different conditions.
Now, let’s specifically target this towards sciatica. If the cause of your sciatica happens to be directly cause from muscle (nerve entrapment, piriformis syndrome, etc.) then a good massage therapist would benefit you greatly and could help with your sciatica. If for some reason your sciatica is caused by something else, then it may only provide temporary relief. Other conditions that can cause sciatica, low back pain or pain down the leg could include:
- A Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc or Ruptured Disc
- A Pinched Nerve
- Spinal Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
- Degenerative Scoliosis
If you would like to get more in depth about the causes of sciatica or back pain, be sure to visit this link:
So, how are you supposed to know what the exact cause of your sciatica is or back pain? Well, if you want an immediate and definitive answer you should look for a qualified therapist, chiropractor or physical therapist. Your primary care doctor may not be the best qualified as musculoskeletal conditions are not their main area of expertise. Although they may be a great PC, often times they may just prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxers to try to calm the pain. A qualified therapist, chiropractor or physical therapist will always go through a series or orthopedic testing and may even order x-rays or an MRI to find the proper diagnosis of you sciatica or back pain. Again this is the route to go if you are looking for an exact and immediate diagnosis.
Some people find that conservatively stretching may give relief to sciatic pain or back pain. If this is where you wish to begin, here is a link to some great stretches and exercises:
The best way to go about this is to start here for a week or so and possibly try incorporating massage to see if you get relief. If you seem to hit a plateau or if your sciatica symptoms seem to be getting worse, you definitely need to see a qualified professional for immediate help.
What are some other specific treatments for sciatica?
Other conservative treatments may include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Shockwave Therapy
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Hot/Cold Therapy
- Medical Massage
- Physical Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Electrical Stimulation
If you try any of these treatments or therapies for your sciatica, it is recommended to not go at these blindly. Always do these under the proper and qualified healthcare provider.
At Whole Health Partners in Dallas, Tx we have a staff loaded with expert therapists and chiropractors and we would be happy to help you in anyway possible.
If you are in the Dallas area of Texas and you are looking for a qualified provider, feel free to call us or fill out an appointment request form to book an appointment. We will be sure to get back with you as soon as possible. Here’s to helping you get rid or your back pain or sciatica!