Sciatica Massage for Pain Relief

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

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Back pain is a very common problem in the U.S. today, and sciatica is one of the most common causes of it. This painful condition is not a diagnosis itself, but a symptom of a bigger problem. Whatever its cause, sciatica sufferers need relief from this often debilitating condition. Though medications, surgery, and physical therapy are common ways to find relief, many patients also find massage therapy beneficial. At Matrix Spa and Massage, we offer a variety of massage options to relieve your pain.

What is Sciatica?

In spite of the fact that sciatica is a common condition, many people don’t really understand what it is. Sciatica is a painful condition that is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain on one side of the buttock or leg, which is often worsened by sitting.
  • Burning, tingling or searing leg pain. This pain often radiates down the leg and into the foot.
  • Difficulty moving the leg, weakness, or numbness of the affected leg.
  • A sharp pain that makes walking difficult

Pain associated with sciatica can range from infrequent to constant. It can be incapacitating, making pain all too common for those affected by it.

Sciatica is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back, through the buttock and down the back of each leg. The symptoms experienced by an individual depend on where along the nerve the irritation or compression is occurring. Though sciatica is caused by irritation or compression of the nerve, it is not typically caused by a particular event, but rather it usually develops over time. Most cases are diagnosed in middle age, with 40-50-year-olds being the age range most frequently diagnosed.

Sciatica Massage Therapy Offers Pain Relief

There are many treatment options available for those suffering from sciatica. One that is sometimes overlooked is massage therapy. Massage therapy helps relieve sciatica pain in two key ways:

  1. It loosens tight back muscles that can place stress on the nerve roots, one of the main causes of sciatica pain.
  2. It causes the body to release endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever. Massage also releases other compounds which make the recipient feel good.

A bonus of massage therapy is that it has no side effects. Some other conventional forms of treatment, such as pain relieving medications or injections, have side effects associated with their use. As a result of this lack of side effects, massage therapy can be used more frequently than some types of conventional treatment.

Many doctors also recommend that sciatica patients follow an exercise program to reduce both their pain and the frequency of recurrences. Most of these exercise programs include a variety of exercises, but they typically focus on improving core muscle strength and specific exercises chosen to address the patient’s diagnosis. Aerobic conditioning, such as walking, is also usually encouraged to improve general fitness. However, before beginning any exercise program, patients should consult their doctor to ensure that the plan they have in mind is safe for the condition they have.

Matrix Spa and Massage Offers Sciatica Deep Tissue Massage for Pain Relief

If sciatica is interfering with daily life, let the skilled therapists at Matrix Spa and Massage ease your pain. A variety of services are available, from general massage, to hot stone therapy, to deep tissue massage and Thai massage, to name a few. Even if you simply need to relax after a stressful day, massage is a great way to pamper yourself. Book an appointment today by calling 801-505-9340 or contacting us here.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

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.
It 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, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
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 to be 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.

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