how therapeutic massage helped my sciatic nerve

Today I would like to share How Therapeutic Massage Helped My Sciatic Nerve.

However, let me begin with a few disclaimers:  I am not a medical professional nor did I seek the advice of my personal physician when I choose to follow this path.

If you are experiencing these same issues, it would be best to begin with your own doctor before you proceed with any type of treatments.

HOW MY SCIATIC NERVE ISSUES BEGAN

How therapeutic massage helped my sciatic nerve

You may recall that in mid-February the state of Texas experienced an extremely cold winter storm, including power shut downs for many residents.

Mr. B & I were two of those.  We went over 30 hours in complete darkness in a home 39 degrees on the inside. I sat literally for hours in a chair near a fireplace under multiple blankets and did not move.

In hindsight, I should’ve moved more…but I was freezing.

At some point during that episode, I rose out of my cocoon and realized I could not walk or put weight on my left leg.  It was extremely painful.

My first thought was that I must have pulled a muscle when lifting heavy groceries from our car prior to the storm.  No matter what I tried, the pain would not diminish.

It was limiting my mobility and keeping me up at night.

How Therapeutic massage helped my sciatic nerve

A very good friend (now a legal resident) was once a nurse in Mexico and was certain it was my sciatic nerve.  Like several others, she said it would take time to be pain free.

I dove in and began to research sciatic nerve issues.  There is a lot of information out there.  

I did not go to my doctor, because I believed I would be sent to physical therapy and that sounded expensive.

I was advised by several people to do online stretches (which I tried) and to consider a chiropractor.  

The pain was up my leg and well into my bo-honky…it did not feel like a back issue to me.  But that side of my lower body was useless.

Then I read this article….How Massage Can Ease Sciatic Pain.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE ENTERS THE PICTURE

How therapeutic massage helped my sciatic nerve

Massage made sense to me that it might help, so I began to study Therapeutic Massage.  It is a general term for massage which relieves pain, reduces stress and works on a specific area.

Other benefits have been described as:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • relaxation
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

How Therapeutic Massage helped my sciatic nerve

I believed it was worth a try.  I am not going to sugar coat my first session…within five minutes…I wanted to run out of the room screaming!  But I began deep breathing and hung in there.

I had signed up for 55 min. sessions.  After each one, I would see some progress.  But it took four sessions for me to be completely pain free and back to normal.

In each session, we have only worked on the glutes, hips, legs and feet.  This week was my fifth session and I feel completely normal…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound kind of normal.

Each session has been painful, but yielded great results.

In between my weekly appointments, I have done regular stretches and begun to workout again.  

How therapeutic massage helped my sciatic nerve

Yes, I am glad I took this route over others and would recommend it.  I so hope this post will help someone.

Also, I am in the middle of allergy shots and I am allergic to spring more than any seasons…so I have to acknowledge that this massage has also helped my sinuses clear. 

I am now stopping my weekly appointments and going to do bi-weekly for at least another month.  But, I am so glad to have my mobility back!

For anyone in San Antonio, I would highly recommend Oak Haven Massage,.  They will allow you to select “therapeutic” when you sign up online.

Has therapeutic massage helped anyone else?  Please share….and, of course…..

KEEP SMILING!!!

 

By Pamela Lutrell

 

 

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