Richard Bailey
Your Body: Sciatica

The most common cause of sciatica is herniated disc. Other sciatica causes include spinal stenosis which is related to congenital narrowing of the bony canal, progressive decrease in bone density and strength, and painful infections in the lower back. Moreover, strain and injury to the muscles supporting the back are other major causes of low back pain. The pain is typically in the muscles next to the spine, and may be associated with spasms in those back muscles.

Sciatica Symptoms
Sciatica pain usually affects one side of the body. The pain may be sharp, burning, or accompanied by irregular shocks of shooting pain beginning in the buttock that travels downward into the back or side of the thigh and/or leg. Sciatica pain then travels below the knee and may be felt in the feet. Sciatica symptoms include tingling and numbness. The sufferer may feel the pain while sitting and trying to stand up.

Sciatica Treatment: Exercises
Most people suffering from sciatica are doing sciatica exercises which are helpful for alleviating sciatica nerve pain. If you are dealing with sciatica and you have worse symptoms of severe lower back pain then some exercises for sciatica may help. It is best to consult your doctor first. Moreover, keep in mind that you must discuss these exercises with your healthcare provider or therapist before trying any of them out.

Sciatica Treatment: Stretches
People with sciatica can perform sciatica stretches in various ways, as long as they achieve the goal of stretching their muscles. This kind of condition involves the irritation, compression and pinching of the sciatic nerve that causes pain in the lower half of the person’s body. These stretches should help in decompression and easing of pain caused by the condition. Sufferers should try bending over to stretch their back, as well as your thighs, legs and feet.

How Massage can help Sciatica

Massage therapy helps alleviate sciatic nerve pain in 2 ways:

  • Tight lower back muscles can place stress on your nerve roots. Massage therapy loosens these muscles and helps prevent pinching or irritation.
  • A massage encourages the release of pain-fighting endorphins—this can provide temporary relief from symptoms like the throbbing pain in your foot or the burning sensation in your leg.
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