The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, this nerve is felt from your lower back down through your leg. Sciatica pain usually subsides on its own within a couple of months. However, there may be ways to alleviate the pain sooner.

The Mayo Clinic recommends low-impact exercise, like water aerobics or stationary bike riding, as a way of releasing the endorphins which act as natural painkillers. Another way of releasing those endorphins is massage.

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Massage can be highly effective in treating the pain of sciatica. WebMD describes a study of 400 people with low back pain who received either weekly massages, or  try whatever they liked. (Alternatives to massage therapy included medication, seeing a chiropractor, doctor or physical therapist, or taking no action at all.)

Ten weeks later, the massage recipients reported better functioning and less pain. In fact, more than a third of them said their pain was completely or nearly gone, while only 4% of those in the other group reported such improvement.  Dr. Daniel Cherkin of the Center for Health Studies in Seattle, concluded that ” massage does help a significant chunk of people who have not benefited from other treatments.”

Therapeutic massage therapy from a syncspa therapist can help boost the “good” hormones in your body. Those include endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, all of which are known for calming nerves, promoting healing, providing natural pain management, and helping you feel better.

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