A certified/licensed massage therapist performs chiropractic therapeutic massage under the direction of a chiropractor to soothe tense muscles, release pressure on the nerve/s, break up scar tissue and stimulate the release of endorphins. Studies have shown that a therapeutic chiropractic massage is as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief caused by various musculoskeletal conditions, including sciatica. Although medications can work for a time, they do not deal with the underlying cause of sciatica.Sciatica Massage: Injury Medical Chiropractic Team

Sciatica Massage

A sciatica massage offers several benefits that include the following:

  • Improved and increased blood circulation.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Release of hormones that help reduce anxiety, depression, and pain.
  • Relieves body discomfort and soreness by decreasing the activation of pain receptors in the spine and muscles.
  • Inflammation alleviation.
  • Muscle stress relief.
  • Muscle relaxation.
  • Flare-up relief and prevention.
  • Improves sleep.

Massage Types

Each type of massage is designed for a different purpose.

Manual Manipulation

  • Improves mobility and reduces pain.
  • Stretches tendons, ligaments, and muscles.


  • Focuses on the musculoskeletal system to improve mobility.

Connective Tissue

  • A deeper massage that targets connective tissues like ligaments and tendons.

Deep Tissue Massage

  • Designed to reach the deep layers to realign the muscles and fascia.

Myofascial Massage

  • Releases trigger points, adhesions, and nerve endings.

Healing Phases

Most cases of sciatica resolve in less than 4 to 6 weeks with conservative treatment. More severe cases with neurologic symptoms can have a longer recovery period.

Phase One

  • Alleviates discomfort, numbness, tingling, pain, and other symptoms.
  • The pain is reduced so the chiropractor and therapists can begin to address the cause, although the other symptoms and sensations could still be experienced.
  • If muscle spasms are present, they will be less frequent and with less intensity.

Phase Two

  • The individual can focus on functioning within their normal environment.
  • The chiropractor and therapists examine if they can get up and stand from a chair without problems, get in and out of a car, sit for longer periods, and walk with less discomfort.
  • A reflex test will be performed to analyze how the healing process is coming along.
  • If there is significant nerve damage, reflexes could be lessened.
  • For example, if sciatic inflammation is present, and the Achilles tendon is tapped with a reflex hammer, there could be little or no movement of the calf muscles.
  • If there is an improvement, there will be a healthy reflex.
  • The straight leg test will show if the individual can lift their leg with little or no pain.

Phase Three

  • The final healing phase provides the ability of normal movements and full strength.
  • This is when the individual can resume normal activities, specifically those stopped because of the pain.
  • This can include walking, driving, house chores, sports, or working out.

Contact our office for treatment options customized to the individual and their injury.



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