Sciatica is often a result of compression of the sciatic nerve that causes inflammation, pain, numbness, and even tingling. The pain can be felt along any part of the sciatic nerve path, from the low back, the buttocks, to the back of the legs, but most commonly it is felt radiating down all three areas. It can even cause muscle weakness in the leg and foot.
Sciatica can occur from several spinal conditions:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerated disc disease
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in low back)
- Spondylolisthesis (where on vertebra slips forward over another)
- Bone spurs on the lumbar spine
Some risk factors for Sciatica include:
- Being overweight
- Prolonged sitting
- Jobs or tasks that require twisting of the spine
- Lifting and carrying heavy objects frequently
- Wearing high heels
- Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm or too soft
Another complimentary, and effective way, to help relieve Sciatica is to receive massage therapy. Massage therapy will not cure the underlying cause of the pain, such as bone spurs, but it can help reduce the pain and inflammation that are symptoms from the compression of the sciatic nerve. Massage can help reduce tension and tight muscles that could be pinching and adding pressure to the sciatic nerve. Massages also releases the feel-good endorphins that help relieve pain, allowing your body to relax and feel better without taking medications. Massage therapy has been long known for being an enjoyable source of pain management, and a great compliment to the recommended preventative measures your doctor might suggest. Ask your doctor about giving massage therapy a try to help relieve your Sciatica.