The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. When the sciatic nerve roots in your lower back are irritated or pinched, the pain goes from the lower back down through the leg. Sciatica pain usually subsides on its own within two months, but it has a tendency to reappear regularly. However, there are ways to soothe the pain sooner and to reduce this tendency of reappearing.
The best way to improve the situation is to combine exercises, such as water aerobics with a series of massages.
Massage therapy helps to relieve sciatic nerve pain in 2 ways:
- Tight lower back muscles can stress your nerve roots. Massage therapy loosens those muscles and helps prevent pinching or irritation.
- A massage helps to release pain-fighting endorphins, which temporary relieves the symptoms such as pain in the waist area and burning sensation in your leg.
Studies have been conducted on large groups of people, suffering from low back pain. They were encouraged to get weekly massages. In 10 weeks more than a third of participants were fully or almost pain-free.
Actually, any kind of massage will help boost the “good stuff”: dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. They all help to calm nerves and act as natural pain killers.
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