21 May What is Sciatica – and How Can I Deal with It?
It’s highly likely that we all know someone who suffers from sciatic pain. As many as 40% of people will experience sciatica during their lifetime, occurring more with older age.
I specialise in treating lower back and gluteal pain and in my 6 years of experience, I’ve had many clients past and present that are prone to sciatica. With the therapy I perform and the information I give to my clientele, I have a great success rate in reducing pain and getting my clients back to their normal routine.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a nerve related pain that tends to be a burning sensation or a shooting pain starting in the lower back, gluteal muscle group (buttock) and radiating down the front or back of the thigh or leg. Sciatica can also travel down to the feet.
Sciatic pain can become present in different ways as it can present itself as a feeling of numbness, weakness, tingling or a sharp pain. Most of sciatic pain travels down only one side of the body and is mostly triggered while sitting, trying to stand up, twisting and lying down.
The sciatic nerve is one of the largest single nerves in the body, formed by the 5 nerve roots in the lumbar and sacral spine.
How can remedial massage help?
Remedial massage’s main benefit is that it releases tight muscles. When your muscles are tight, tense or fatigued they can put more pressure on your nerves causing the nerve to become pinched, creating the painful sensation that triggers down the leg. Massaging these muscles and triggering pointing immovable areas within the myofascial tissues releases the pressure surrounding the nerve, which reduces the pain.
Tips to Help with Sciatic Pain:
Regular remedial massage appointments
Consistent remedial massage will minimise how prone you become to sciatic pain. Our team is always there to help you.
Regular walking spurs the release of pain fighting endorphins and reduces inflammation.
Core and back exercises
The lack of core and back strength can contribute to sciatic pain. Our team can show you a range of different exercises to strengthen your core and back.
Stretching will target the tight muscles that surround the sciatic nerve to release.
Heat and Ice
Ice can help reduce inflammation, while heat encourages blood flow to the painful areas.
By receiving a remedial treatment, you enable your muscles to loosen, making it easier for you to sit and stand tall in the correct way. This will also help train your mind to be conscious of your posture.
Swimming is a form of hydrotherapy that can relieve pain as water provides buoyancy, removing pressure off joints, muscles and nerves.
Living with sciatic pain is taxing on both the body and the mind, and your body deserves to be looked after. Call your remedial massage therapist and ask for a visit. Get back to a pain-free life!