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.
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.
Each type of massage is designed for a different purpose.
- Improves mobility and reduces pain.
- Stretches tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
- Focuses on the musculoskeletal system to improve mobility.
- 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.
- Releases trigger points, adhesions, and nerve endings.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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