The signs and symptoms of sciatica include:
The common causes of sciatica are:
How massage can helpSciatica or lower back pain is usually mechanical in nature. To eliminate and prevent lower back pain, biomechanical modification is required to reduce or eliminate the stress or stresses that are responsible for aggravating the pain (3). Poor posture, muscle tightness and inflammation are common stresses. Common areas of tightness include the psoas, rectus femoris and piriformis muscles.
Massage techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release or dry needle may reduce muscle tightness which helps the muscles to function correctly (3). Specific muscle shortening in muscles of the back, hips and legs can also contribute to sciatica (3). Lengthening the muscles through massage and stretching either assisted by therapist and/or home stretching program, can also help with symptoms (3).
By loosening either through massage (trigger point therapy or myofascial release), dry needling or stretching it may help to reduce inflammation and the compression of the nerve elevating the signs and symptoms that the individual is having (3; 4). In the acute and subacute phase of back pain, taping may also be effective at reducing pain and facilitating control upon exercising (3). Studies have shown that massage may be an effective treatment for sciatic pain, helping with increasing range of motion and decreasing the intensity of pain with lasting effects from 6 weeks to 6 months (1,2).
by Ben Hewitt
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