Sciatica may occur due to entrapping of the sciatic nerve by a tight piriformis muscle. Excessive pressure from a tight piriformis muscle doesn’t damage the sciatic nerve; it only compresses it, causing stinging pain. The pelvises of people suffering from sciatica sometimes get distorted; with one side of the hip being higher and more forward compared to the other side. This postural distortion puts the piriformis muscle in a shortened position, making it tighter.

If you have developed sciatica because of an injury of any of the five nerve roots that are inter-related, you may endure; chronic pain, loss of movement on one side of the body, or numbness. If you experience flare-ups after extensive use of lower back muscles, various types of massages may provide you some relief. Massage can certainly provide relief if used in combined with other treatments.


young woman getting massage treatment


Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) –

NMT is a modern massage therapy based on the understanding of the functioning of the neuromuscular system. Neuromuscular principles are of great help in understanding the cause of your pain. Everything in the human body is controlled by the nervous system, and this includes pain and muscular tension. The approach of neuromuscular therapy is a detailed massage of tendons, connective tissue, ligaments, and muscles. This accurate massage therapy is able to relieve problem areas which are normally overlooked by general massages.

Fingertips or thumbs are used significantly during neuromuscular massage, as they explore the neuromuscular structure and give massages accordingly. If required, forearms or elbows are also massaged. Muscular tension makes the group of muscle fibers tighter than the rest of the muscles. These tensed areas are of ischemia and hyper tonicity and can be easily located if searched well during massage. These are the target areas that cause pain and discomfort and need to be treated. Over the years this therapy has progressed and includes treatment of joints, craniosacral system and internal organs.


Craniosacral Therapy

Connective tissue around the cranium is stretched to permit easy movements of bones. Pressure is gradually applied to the bones, making them move easily. Then, slowly massages and stretches connective tissues around and between the bones. Sudden thrusting movements should not be used. This therapy does not give permanent results, but provides temporary relief. It helps in keeping the position of the bones more symmetrical makes you feel a noticeable improvement in alignment of posture.


Visceral massage

A majority of the internal organs are perceived as sacs or muscular tubes. Internal organs contain involuntary muscles which cannot be controlled voluntarily, but these muscular organs can withhold tension. Internal organs may form small fibers, which end up attaching structures that should ideally be separate and restrict the flow of blood.

Abdojminal muscles get massaged first in visceral muscle (or viscera) massage, until they are relaxed enough to allow massage of the organs. Then viscera are massaged in order to relieve tension and also to slowly separate any adhesions.


Self Massage for Sciatica

  1. Lie down on your side that = symptoms are not as significant.
  2. Support your head with a pillow. Place a second pillow between your knees.
  3. Apply pressure on the muscles of the buttocks (or gluts), and make small circles with your hand, warming up the muscles in the entire area.
  4. Use your thumb and fingers to squeeze the tissue covering the entire region.
  5. Use your entire hand to rub your gluts.
  6. Use your thumb to work the five spots on buttock muscles with acupressure technique.
  7. Apply pressure to your thumbs to a fleshy area of buttocks, close to the spine, for fifteen to thirty seconds.
  8. Work the entire area slowly.
  9. Repeat until you become uncomfortable.

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