Can massage help sciatic pain?
Sciatic pain occurs as a result of the irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerve roots in the lower back. It is characterized by tingling, numbness, or pain that goes down from the lower back to the legs. Massage is effective in alleviating sciatic pain in two major ways:
- Massage promotes the release of feel good endorphins which fight pain and provide relief from symptoms such as burning leg sensations and throbbing pain.
- It relieves tight lower back muscles which put pressure on the nerve roots. Massage loosens tight muscles and relieves and prevents nerve and muscle pinching and irritation.