The chronic pain caused by sciatica can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It can limit time with friends, make it difficult to relax, and create constant discomfort. Chiropractic care has been a popular treatment option for sciatica, and massage therapy can be an effective way to manage it. It all depends on the patient, however, so, if you or a loved one is living with sciatica, here’s what you need to know about it and how massage therapy can help.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to a side effect of another injury, usually involving the spine or back muscles. A herniated disk, degenerative disc disease, or misalignment can all put pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs from your buttock down through your leg. When this occurs, it creates a shooting pain that can be felt at various points in this area. It can also be accompanied by numbness or tingling and, in serious cases, make it difficult to walk. Depending on the patient, pain might be infrequent or constant. In rare cases, it can even result in nerve or spinal damage, although this requires a significant amount of injury.
How Can Massage Therapy Treat Sciatica?
Because sciatica isn’t a stand-alone condition, it can only be managed with massage. The actual cause, such as a herniated disc, needs to be diagnosed and treated by a chiropractor to achieve full recovery and relief. In the interim, however, massage can be used to loosen and relieve back and leg muscles that contribute to sciatic nerve compression. This will also be accompanied by stretching and exercises to keep the area loose so that you’re less prone to flare-ups.
If you’re looking for a solution to sciatica, back pain, and other issues, turn to the staff at Gloekler Chiropractic in Ashtabula, OH. They offer comprehensive chiropractic care and massage services and are dedicated to helping patients achieve pain relief. Call (440) 992-3112 today to schedule an appointment, and visit their website to learn more about their services.