Do you suffer from lower back pain, particularly pain that radiates from your lower back down along one leg – while you also experience weakness, tingling, and/or numbness?
If you do, you might be one of the 10% to 40% of people worldwide suffering from sciatica.
Fortunately, there are effective treatments to alleviate discomfort and pain caused by sciatica, one of which is massage.
If you’re looking for tips on how to massage sciatica trigger points, this article is for you!
How to Massage Sciatica Trigger Points
Here are some tips on how to massage sciatica trigger points:
- Massage over the piriformis muscle. To massage the piriformis using sciatica trigger point therapy, place one finger over the piriformis muscle with your thumb on top of that.
With light pressure, very slowly massage in a circle going both directions around the muscle. This can help get the blood flowing through this area and relieve tension which can refer to pain down the sciatic nerve.
- Massage on the spinal erectors and quads. The spinal erector muscle is located on each side of the spine and runs down the back.
This muscle is used for lifting and holding us upright so when it’s tight or short, it can put pressure on our sciatic nerve. Massaging these will help relieve that tension which in turn will do a world of good for sciatica pain.
To massage, these tight muscles lay on your stomach and place a pillow underneath it so that you can rest your head comfortably.
Then place one hand at the base of each muscle and give them soft strokes in an upward direction. Do this several times before switching sides to work on the other affected side. You’ll feel the muscle slowly begin to loosen up under your fingers.
If you want to work with a professional, you must be wondering: How many treatments for sciatica with a chiropractor?
The answer: It depends. Consult your healthcare provider for more information.
Also, if you’re interested in getting an injection for sciatica nerve pain, it’s best to consult your doctor.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All information contained on this website is for general information purposes only.