Sciatic Nerve Pain

April 18, 2015

Sciatic Nerve Pain

 

As many as 40% of people will get sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life. This nerve comes from either side of the lower spine and travels through the pelvis and buttocks. Then the nerve passes along the back of each upper leg before it divides at the knee into branches that go to the feet.

Anything that puts pressure on or irritates this nerve can cause pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh. The sensation of pain can vary widely. Sciatica may feel like a mild ache; a sharp, burning sensation; or extreme discomfort. Sciatica can also cause feelings of numbness, weakness, and tingling.

Pain may be made worse by prolonged sitting, standing up, coughing, sneezing, twisting, lifting, or straining. Treatment for sciatic pain ranges from hot and cold packs and medications to exercises and complementary and alternative remedies.

 

If you live in Somerville, Bridgewater, Raritan, Branchburg, Hillsborough or Flemington and you are suffering from sciatic nerve pain, massage therapy may help alleviate your pain.

 

Sciatic Nerve Pain

 

Application of cold compresses quite often alleviates sciatica pain and may be used for initial treatments or mild attacks. However, long lasting relief can be obtained from massage therapy once the problem is identified as originating from the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve originates from the bottom of your sacrum which is the triangular bone just above the buttocks, the region from where the massage therapist will begin the treatment. The massage treatment should preferably start with an assessment of the entire back and buttock area. The piriformis can be tight or having spasms, which in turn compresses the sciatic nerve and causes the pain. The massage treatment would include applying constant pressure to the piriformis and other gluteal muscles to cause them to relax and reduce the spasms.

 

If you live in Somerville NJ, Branchburg NJ, Bridgewater NJ, Manville NJ, Raritan NJ, Flemington NJ  or Hillsborough NJ and you suffer from sciatic nerve pain, Exhale Massage Therapy can help.  Give us a call (908) 963-1512 or email us.

 

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