Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from sciatica, a condition in which the sciatic nerve, which connects from our lower back through our hips, buttocks, and down each leg, becomes compressed or irritated. Depending on the severity of the compression in the L4, L5, or S1 nerve roots, Dr. John Tsakos of Triangle Chiropractic and Massage may recommend massage therapy to reduce inflammation and tightness, improve range of motion and flexibility, and implement different techniques to put less pressure on the sciatic nerve. Massage therapy can also help people with back pain caused by muscle or ligament strain, excess joint stress, or overexertion. Dr. Tsakos will determine which massage therapy technique is best for you during a consultation in our Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, office.
Massage Therapy Helps Back and Sciatic Nerve Pain
Back pain can cause excruciating aches and make you unable to sit or stand still. When amplified, back pain turns into tightness in the calf or back of the thigh, muscle weakness in the lower extremities, numbness, hip pain, or pain on one side of the body. These symptoms also appear when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, and you may experience a burning or pins and needles sensation associated with pain that intensifies when getting out of bed, maneuvering through your day, sneezing, or coughing. Massage therapy combines kneading, deep circular motions, rubbing, tapping, pounding, vibration, and stroking or gliding to provide immediate and long-term relief.
If you're a Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, local looking for relief from back pain, sciatica, or discomfort caused by muscles, joints, or nerves in your body, consult with Dr. John Tsakos to determine the best course of action. When used hand-in-hand, chiropractic care and massage therapy have many benefits, such as lower cortisol levels, endorphin increase, tissue healing, and improve physical function.
For more information about massage therapy or to schedule an appointment at Triangle Chiropractic and Massage, call (313) 885-9496.