Sciatic pain is a very common condition that massage therapists see on a regular basis. The sciatic nerve is located on the posterior aspect of the hip and runs all the way down the back of the leg. In extreme cases you’ll see a significant loss of mobility in addition to pain. Sciatica often affects people who sit for long periods of time as part of their profession including office workers, long haul truckers, police officers etc., which is why it is important the keep active when you’re not on the job. If your work requires you to sit for long periods, make sure you build in some daily activity before settling in at home for the night.
Relieving the pain
ICE-As with many causes of nerve pain, cold is ideally applied over the origin of the nerve, which in the back of the pelvis for sciatica.
Stretch– A frequent cause of sciatic nerve pain is a tight quadricep and hamstring pressing against the nerve which can even lead to a painful loss of range of motion.
Move that wallet!- This cause of sciatica is most common in men who often carry their wallet in their back pockets. If you’ve been sitting for long periods either at a desk or in your car, move your wallet to a jacket pocket or on your console. Speaking from experience it takes a while to get into the habit but once you do your lower back will thank you!
Massage– Sciatica pain may be caused by a tightness of the piriformis muscle that runs along the gluteal region of the back of the pelvis. Targeting the gluteal muscle region, in addition to reducing tension in the quads and hamstrings can provide lasting results from sciatic pain
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