4 Common Questions About Massage for Sciatica Pain

Written by Matrix Massage and Spa , Posted in Articles, Massage

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If you have sciatica, you know the pain and discomfort this condition can cause — often limiting your enjoyment of everyday activities. Rather than suffering through the pain, consider therapeutic massage for sciatica pain, which can help improve your quality of life. Here’s a look at four key questions regarding sciatica treatment and massage therapy.

Is Massage Therapy Helpful for Sciatica Pain?

A leading cause of sciatica is pressure on the vertebrae and irritation to the sciatic nerve — a primary nerve of the body that runs from the lower back to the toes. During massage therapy at Matrix Spa & Massage, muscles, ligaments, and other tissues are kneaded, and the body relaxes, there is reduced pressure and irritation to the sciatic nerve. The result is less sciatica pain.

Massage therapy also promotes the release of endorphins, which isn’t just a temporary feel-good response but a way to increase your pain threshold and help you more efficiently handle the painful symptoms caused by sciatica.

How Often Should You Receive Massage for Sciatica?

According to Healthline, a clinical study conducted in 2014 found that low back pain, as well as sciatica, was effectively treated with 30-minute deep tissue massage sessions that patients received five times a week for two weeks.

However, it is important to understand that the frequency of sciatica treatment depends on the individual and the severity of their sciatica. Additionally, some patients find deep tissue massage to be too intense and may prefer other forms of massage, such as Swedish massage, which uses a softer flowing method rather than the sustained finger pressure of deep tissue massage.

At Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, we can discuss the options available to you and help you decide which form of massage and the frequency of treatments would best suit your needs.

Can Massage Make Sciatica Pain Worse?

Because sciatica can be caused by pressure on the vertebrae and irritation to the sciatic nerve, receiving a massage for sciatic pain could possibly make your symptoms worse if you are in the hands of an inexperienced practitioner.

However, when you receive massage treatment from a therapist who has experience treating sciatica, it is very likely that your symptoms will improve and you will have less pain.

How to Cure Sciatica Pain?

Depending on the cause and severity of your pain, you may need a variety of sciatica treatments to alleviate and help cure this sometimes debilitating condition. Massage therapy is a primary way to see improvement in your sciatica, but you can also make other lifestyle improvements, such as regularly doing targeted exercises that relieve tension in your lower back and hips.

Start by learning easy and relaxing yoga poses such as reclining pigeon pose and sitting spinal stretch. These exercises help to lengthen the spine and therefore reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Contact Matrix Spa & Massage

At Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, we provide healing massage therapy to help you find pain relief from sciatica. Our experienced therapists are competent in giving therapeutic massage for sciatica pain to meet your individual needs. Contact us at 801-799-4999 today to learn more about our massage treatment packages or to schedule an appointment.

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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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