From Pain to Recovery: The Best Massages for Sciatica

From Pain to Recovery: The Best Massages for Sciatica

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from sciatica, then you know that the pain can be debilitating. The good news is that there are different types of massages that can help relieve the pain. In this blog post, we will discuss the best massages for sciatica and how they can help to provide relief. We will also provide a list of tips for finding a massage therapist who can help to treat your sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg, becomes irritated or compressed. This can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back, hips, and legs. Sciatica can be caused by a variety of factors such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or piriformis syndrome.

Best things you can do at home to relieve your pain and discomfort from sciatica courtesy of Toronto Spine and Sports Clinic. (Read the caption)

What are the benefits of a massage for sciatica?

Massage therapy can help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with sciatica by loosening tight muscles and releasing tension in the affected areas. You see, when muscles are tight this can irritate your sciatic nerve. Massage can also improve flexibility and range of motion, allowing for better movement and less pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Massage also helps to release endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers. This can provide both immediate and long-term relief from sciatica pain.

Benefits of Massage Therapy courtesy of Elevation Health (Read the caption)

The best massage for sciatica pain relief

There are several types of massages that can provide relief for sciatica pain. These include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release

Deep tissue massage for sciatica involves the use of deep pressure to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This can release muscle tension and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Trigger point therapy focuses on specific areas of tightness, also known as trigger points, in order to relieve pain throughout the body. These tight areas may be contributing to sciatica pain and can be relieved through trigger point therapy.

Myofascial release involves stretching and gently manipulating the fascia, a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds muscles. This can help to improve flexibility and alleviate tension in the affected areas, providing relief for sciatica pain.

Swedish massage can also be helpful for sciatica pain. This type of massage uses light to medium pressure and can help to relax the muscles, improving blood flow and providing overall relief.

Also, a massage can be a great way to help ease flare-ups by loosening the muscles and releasing tension.

Tips for finding a massage therapist for sciatica pain

  1. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or your healthcare provider. 
  1. Look for a therapist who has specific training and experience in treating sciatica pain.
  1. Inquire about the types of massage techniques they use and whether they have experience with the ones discussed above.
  1. Be sure to communicate openly with your therapist about your symptoms and discomfort during the massage.
  1. Make sure to discuss any medical conditions or medications you are taking, as these may affect the type of massage that is appropriate for you.

And lastly, you can click the find a clinic near me button on this page to find a top massage clinic near you. We have inspected massage clinics for most cities in Canada and provided recommendations in our blog page, based on our 50-point inspection.

Sciatica can be a difficult condition to live with, but finding the right massage therapy can bring much-needed relief. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do your research in order to find a qualified therapist who can help alleviate your pain. With the right massage techniques, you can go from pain to recovery in no time!

What do you do after getting a massage courtesy of Ability Physiotherapy. (Read the caption)


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the leg. It can become compressed or irritated, causing pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower leg and foot. Massage therapy can be an effective way to relieve sciatic nerve pain. To release the sciatic nerve during a massage, the therapist will use their thumbs or fingers to apply pressure to the muscle tissue around the nerve. These tissues incude the lower back muscles, the gluteals and the hamstrings. They may even use their knuckles or elbow to deeply penetrate the tissue. The goal is to release any tension or compression on the nerve, which should provide relief from pain.

There is not one specific trigger point for sciatica as the sciatic nerve runs down all the way from the lower back to the toes. Trigger points anywhere in the muscles of the glutes, hips, and lower back can contribute to sciatic pain. A massage therapist trained in trigger point therapy can work to release these areas and provide relief from sciatica pain. It is important to communicate with your therapist about your symptoms and discomfort during the massage, as they will work to release any trigger points that may be contributing to your sciatic pain.

There is no set frequency for how often you should get a massage for sciatica pain, as it will depend on individual factors such as the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Some people may find relief with regular weekly or biweekly massages, while others may only need them occasionally for flare-ups. It is important to discuss your specific needs and goals with your massage therapist.

About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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