Back pain affects over 80% of the population at some point in their lives, and sciatica is a type of back pain that can be extremely debilitating. Swedish massage has been found to be an effective treatment for both types of pain by increasing blood flow and easing tension in muscles. In this blog post we will discuss the benefits of Swedish massage on back pain including sciatica, how often you should get one, and other alternatives if you don’t have access to a professional masseuse!
What is a Swedish massage?
A Swedish massage is a form of bodywork that involves the use of five basic strokes: long, short, firm, gentle and circular. It focuses on broad movements rather than deep pressure. The therapist will often manipulate both sides as well as your back to release tension from all parts while giving you an intense stretch at times in order for it to work. Swedish massage is generally used for relaxation.
The benefits of Swedish massage on back pain include:
-It relieves stress and tension which can help with chronic pain or acute (short term) discomfort; this is because it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, releasing endorphins in your brain’s hypothalamus that relaxes you as well healing you
- It increases blood flow to the area, which helps with inflammation and relieves pain
- Improves flexibility in your spine by loosening up tight muscles
The benefits of Swedish massage on sciatica include:
Relieves pressure from irritated nerves that cause back discomfort as well as neck/head pain. These can be caused by sleeping in a bad position or injury to the neck/head.
Swedish massage can help to ease pain and discomfort from sciatica by relieving pressure on irritated nerves. Swedish massage is also a great way to stretch out the body making it more flexible, while at the same time helps reduce stress which in turn reduces back strain.
I would recommend getting one every few weeks as this will keep the pain lower along with your medication.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of pain in the lower back and hip that is caused by compression on a nerve running from the spine to the leg.
It can be caused by pressure on this nerve due to an injury or herniation, which can put pressure on it as well if you have sciatica.
This pain causes shooting sensations down the leg, or tingling and numbness in the thighs, hamstrings, calves, feet and toes.
The cause of sciatica is due to compression on a nerve running from the spine to your leg. Sciatica can be caused by pressure on this nerve due to an injury or herniation which put pressure on it.
How a Swedish massage can help with Sciatica?
A Swedish massage is a type of deep tissue that can help relieve pain and discomfort in the back. The therapist will use long, slow strokes to the muscles with light pressure to create relaxation. It’s also common for them to apply firm pressure (effleurage) on certain points while using circular motions. This allows more blood flow to the affected area in this case the back.
You can help relieve back pain by lying down on a massage table and letting the therapist work their magic. The session lasts about 45 minutes, but it’s not uncommon for people to fall asleep during this time because of how relaxing it is. You will likely feel much better after your session if you’ve been experiencing back pain.