Sciatica Treatment: Muscle Activation Can Help

Sciatica Treatment: Muscle Activation Can Help

Sciatica is a condition that can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the lower back and legs. While there are many treatments available for sciatica, muscle reactivation may be one of the most effective. Muscle reactivation involves stimulating inactive muscles to help them recover and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. In this article, we discuss how muscle reactivation Sciatica treatment can help ease the pain and what you can expect during treatment.

What is muscle reactivation and how can it help treat sciatica pain

Muscle activation is a type of physical therapy that uses electrical stimulation to contract and relax the muscles. The electrical stimulation helps to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, which can help to relieve pain. Muscle activation can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including sciatica. Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that often extends from the lower back down the leg. It can be caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or other conditions that compress the nerve. Muscle activation can help to relieve the pain by improving blood flow and reducing inflammation. In addition, muscle activation can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility, which may help to prevent future episodes of sciatica pain.

The benefits of muscle reactivation

You may not realize it, but your muscles play an important role in stabilizing your joints and protecting your bones. When muscles are weak or inactive, they can’t provide this support, which can lead to joint pain and an increased risk of injury. Fortunately, muscle activation can help to address this problem. Muscle activation involves treating muscles around a joint, which helps to improve blood flow and increase muscle tone. In addition, muscle activation can help to improve range of motion and reduce pain. As a result, treatment can be beneficial for both athletes and non-athletes alike. If you’re looking to improve your joint health and reduce your risk of injury, consider muscle activation treatments.

Relief from Sciatica courtesy of Durham Spine & Sports Clinic (Read the caption)

How to reactivate muscles

Muscle activation can be done in various ways, including active (muscle) release technique, acupuncture, massage, scraping (such as Graston or gua sha), cupping, deep pressure and/or exercises that can help reactivate the muscles and relieve sciatica pain. Treatments work by stimulating and activating the muscles that support the spine and help to keep the spine in alignment. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the leg, becomes irritated or compressed. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the leg. These treatments are typically done by a trained physical therapist, such as a Chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, etc. They may also include resistance training, stretching, and balance exercises. Some people may experience relief from their sciatica pain after just a few sessions of muscle activation exercises. However, it is important to continue these treatments and exercises on a regular basis to maintain the benefits.

What to expect after starting a muscle activation session

The therapist will use a variety of techniques, including  active (muscle) release technique, acupuncture, massage, scraping (such as Graston or gua sha), cupping, deep pressure and/or exercises, stretching, and electrical stimulation, to help the muscles heal. Before starting a muscle activation session, the therapist will first assess the patient’s condition. They will then develop a treatment plan that is tailored to the individual. The therapist will typically work on one area at a time, and the sessions can last anywhere from 5-15 minutes. During the session, the patient may feel some soreness, a slight tingling or burning sensation as the muscles are stimulated. This is normal and should subside within a few minutes. After the session, the patient may feel some soreness in the muscles that were worked on. However, this is also normal and should resolve within a day or two. Overall, muscle activation therapy is a safe and effective way to treat muscle pain and injuries.

The main causes of sciatica courtesy of Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic (Read the caption)

Side effects and risks associated with muscle reactivation therapy

Some people experience minor side effects after a muscle activation session. These may include soreness, redness, or bruising; if sciatica symptoms are present, they can sometimes increase or change.  However, these side effects are usually short-lived and resolve on their own within a few days. Overall, muscle activation sessions are generally safe and effective with minimal risks.

Tips for maintaining progress after completing a muscle reactivation program

After completing a muscle reactivation program, it is essential to take steps to maintain the progress that has been made. First, continue to warm up before any physical activity, and stretch regularly to maintain flexibility. It is also important to strength train at least 2-3 times per week, using exercises that target the muscles that were addressed in the program. Additionally, be sure to stay properly hydrated and get adequate rest to allow the muscles to recover and rebuild. Finally, continue to focus on good technique when engaging in any physical activity, as this will help minimize the risk of injury and setbacks. By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure that the progress made during the muscle reactivation program is long-lasting.

Overall muscle activation therapy is a safe and effective way to treat muscle pain and injuries.

What is sciatica and who is affected by it courtesy of Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic (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

There are many possible causes of muscle activation issues, including overuse injuries, nerve damage, poor posture or alignment, and conditions like arthritis. Factors such as age and diet can also impact muscle activation ability. Certain medications may also interfere with muscle activation and cause pain or weakness. Ultimately, the underlying cause will depend on the individual’s specific condition and circumstances.

Yes, muscle activation is a real therapeutic process that involves stimulating and strengthening specific muscles in order to help reduce pain, improve function, and prevent injury. There are many different techniques used in muscle activation therapy, including massage, stretching, electrical stimulation, and more. In general, this approach can be very effective for helping to treat various types of muscle pain and injuries.

If a muscle is not activating properly, this can lead to various types of symptoms such as pain, weakness, or numbness. In some cases, there may be an underlying health condition that is causing the activation issue. In other cases, nervous system damage can result in partial or complete loss of muscle activation. In some cases, the cause of muscle activation issues may be unclear.

About Alykhan Jamal

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Jamal has been interested in the human body since a knee injury in 1997 ended his dream for Professional Sports. Since, he has volunteered as a Kinesiologist Assistant to gather insight into the world of Physical Therapy. He received a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, in both Philosophy and Kinesiology and Health Sciences. He then attended D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic.

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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