Sciatic Nerve Pain
Pain in the low back often accompanied with burning shooting pain down the leg can often be attributed to an impingement of the sciatic nerve. This pain can be intermittent or chronic, irritating but manageable or somewhat debilitating. Pain may come on suddenly or slowly and get worse over time and with movement.
Sciatic pain is caused by inflammation and irritation of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine that is pressing on the sciatic nerve. Another cause of sciatic pain is when the Piriformis muscle, located in the gluteal region has constricted around the sciatic nerve which causes pain and irritation of the nerve.
How Will Massage Help
Massage can definitely help to alleviate the pain. Massage is a conservative modality that is a great resource before (temporary) steroid injections or even more permanent surgical procedures have been recommended. With a dedicated treatment regimen many clients have felt enough relief from massage to defer other treatment option and manage pain levels with significantly less to little or no pain.