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My mom has bad sciatica. Will massage or acupuncture help?

Megan Dempsey (Denver, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes. As a massage therapist with 8 years of treating sciatica, I would say that massage definitely helps. Sciatica is caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve. This nerve passes out of the sacrum and it has one of three presentations in relationship to the piriformis muscle in cadavers: 1.) the sciatic nerve passes superficially to the piriformis muscle - usually doesnt cause much of an issue. 2.) the sciatic nerve passes between the fibers of piriformis and deeper musculature - if there is a muscle spasm in either of these tissues, there will be sciatic pain. 3.) the sciatic nerve passes through a hole in the piriformis muscle - most often this is a huge cause for sciatic pain. Treatment of sciatica involves calming the sciatic nerve - hot tubs, epsom salt soaks, ice if necessary, etc; ceasing involved muscle spasm - massage; and treating the cause of the muscle spasm - muscular instability, pelvic muscle weakness, posture, etc. Analysis on an individual basis to assess the severity and treatment program is necessary to alleviate the issue.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello: Either is safe and a great gift-though she may need more than 1 treatment so check for packages. I offer packages for multiple treatments.
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George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes. Aligning the muscle and nerves from the lower thoracic area down to the knee joint or heel, followed by deep tissue massage, can successfully treat sciatica. Acupressure may also be helpful.
Barbara Siminovich-Blok (Nyc, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
In almost every case, I'd like to know a bit more about the history of the sciatica to do a more precise assessment. That said, acupuncture is an excellent treatment of choice. By understanding your mother's underlying constitution, we can help her deal and recover from her pain. For pain management, acupuncture is a great option, since we can provide local relief (for the points where she feels the pain) as well as help the channel flow that overlaps the pain area (what we define as the gallbladder and bladder meridians). There are also special points that address pain (in the ear/scalp/hands) and other techniques (like heat lamp/moxa/cupping) that might also be of use. Again, this is a general answer, I've had a great success rate with managing sciatic pain, but I treat every case individually. Thanks for your question, I hope my answer helps.
Rogelio Medina (Arlington, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Relaxation massage will help relieve symptoms associated with sciatica. But first we would have to determine what is the cause of sciatica. Sciatica is sometimes caused by nerve compression of the bone by the muscles. But more commonly it's a compression by the piriformis muscle. Specific deep tissue techniques relieve the pressure a tight piriformis puts on the sciatic nerve. I would recommend seeking out a therapist who specializes in deep tissue or in pain management.
Kevin Franklin (Brandon, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Sciatica is brought on by irritation to the sciatic nerve. There is a muscle deep under the glutes called the piriformis that is directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes too tight, it will impinge the sciatic nerve. Massage will help, depending on her condition. It can either eliminate an acute attack of sciatica or help manage the discomfort of chronic sciatica.
David Barr (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage would be safe and effective way to address the symptoms and effects of sciatica. Deep tissue massage can go a long way towards relieving the muscular discomfort that comes from sciatica. Craniosacral massage would be effective in helping to release the tensions around the hips and lower back, that may be impinging on the nerves. The most important thing to do is have your mother tell her massage therapist about her condition, what might have caused it and what treatments she is currently using. As always, communication is the most important part of a good massage.
Alison Downey (Asheville, NC) on Oct 10, 2014
Both massage and acupuncture can relieve the pain of sciatica. Massage can bring relief through relaxing and loosening tight muscles, especially the piriformis muscle. The piriformis is most often responsible for pinching the sciatic nerve and causing pain. Acupuncture works to resolve the issue at an even deeper level, by relaxing the muscles and clearing the energy blockages which caused these muscles to contract in the first place. There are also specific Chinese herbal formulas which help bring effective and lasting relief for people who suffer from sciatica. Chinese Medicine has a 4000 year history of successfully treating sciatica in this way. In fact, sciatic pain is one of the most common conditions that lead people in U.S. to turn to acupuncture. There is no need to suffer when relief is close at hand!
Amy Stark (Orlando, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
In my experience, just one treatment of energy healing treats the symptoms from sciatica. One particular client was prohibited from running until she had her session with me. Afterwards, she no longer has any problem with her sciatica and is running several miles a week.
Sue Moore (, ) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes massage and Acupuncture will help. Have your massage therapist check the piriformis first as sometimes when that muscle becomes tight it can appear to be sciatica. This is not a feel good massage but it works if carried down the entire IT band.
Leslie Wilcher (Naperville, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes! Massage is the best thing for sciatica. She basically has a pinched nerve called the sciatic nerve. This means that the muscles in her glutes (behind) are tight. Once these muscles relax her sciatica will slowly get better. Depending on her age, physical condition, and pain with the sciatica I would suggest a firm but not deep massage. With some stretching, relaxation and hydration she should feel better very soon. Safety all depends on her medical history some conditions are not o.k. to work on. A well trained therapist will be able to tell you that upfront. So educate yourself ask to speak to the therapist yourself before getting the gift card. I hope I'm not to late with this info seeing you posted this before christmas. I hope this helps!!
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Shiatsu therapy, performed by a qualified practitioner, is very effective in addressing sciatica. By pressing well-known sciatica-related acupoints and performing stretches of the affected Meridians, the sciatica can, in most cases, be reduced or eliminated. The client must perform stretching and exercise following the therapies to ensure that the sciatica does not return.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Sciatica can be many things! There are trigger points in the hip area that cause pain down the legs all the way to the feet, sometimes this is experienced as aching and sometimes tingling, weakness, instability etc. In addition, Trigger points in the Piriformis muscle can cause impingement of the sciatic nerve which PTs will cause Piriformis Syndrome. Often the leg turns out on that side giving a good indication of the problem. A therapist well trained in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is the best person to seek for treatment for any of these conditions. The more difficult condition to treat with bodywork is if there is actually a disc problem that the sciatic nerve is being damaged at the nerve root at the spine. This is a problem that often needs surgery, although PT is often helpful and tried first.
Ashley Hiatt (Austin, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes massage will help to alleviate some of the pain she experiences with sciatica. I am not an acupuncturist but Acupuncture does help as well, it will increase circulation and decrease inflammation. A great therapist that is experienced with Sciatica is ideal. Massage therapy that uses range of motion or athletic (sports massage is great). They will stretch her and work the muscles around the sciatic nerve which will help to release endorphins(natural pain killers) and relax the muscles around that area. In the mean time, topical analgesics, stretching, a hot jacuzzi, and good posture should help out until she gets to a therapist.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage in the muscles around the hip joint such as the periformus and obturator muscle help with sciatica with a combination of range of motion techniques,acupressure and trigger point therapy.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Both massage therapy and acupuncture help relieve the pain of sciatica. Structural integration may also help. I would need to speak to your mother and get more information abo ut her condition to better know what is going on with her body. I would be happy to assist. I have worked with many people with this condition.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, acupuncture is one the best methods for treating sciatica. It is safe and very effective, In our clinic we see many sciatica patients. Just be aware that the condition may require more than one treatment to resolve.
Anne Hartley (Gahanna, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
If the problem is soft tissue and not a structural issue, massage therapy, especially neuromuscular therapy, can work wonders. If the problem is of long standing, it may take awhile. If this does not work, either find another therapist or have her get some osteopathic manipulation from a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine ( a D.O.) who does indeed still do this. From what I have heard from clients, some people get great relief from acupuncture, while others do not. People respond differently to different modalities. Also, if one acupuncturist or massage therapist does not bring about relief, maybe another will. It is not an exact science. It never hurts to try massage!
Sharyn Cerio-Bernstein (Pueblo, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
The sciatic nerve comes out of the mid-low back and then branches out. One of the branches extends through the gluteal muscles (the muscles that make up our butt), more specifically, the Piriformis. The Piriformis is a small, deep muscle which tends to tighten, with the great potential to cause hip pain, but also tightens over the sciatic nerve, causing symptoms of sciatica. Therapeutic Massage can help this, along with specific Piriformis stretches. It may help to know what is causing the sciatica as it can be related to injury and other conditions.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Both are the best treatment for sciatica. Another option is craniosacral therapy, which is very effective. Of course, cold lasers will be helpful.
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage on the pirifromus muscle should help.
Ken Rhoda (San Clemente, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
I have many clients with sciatica. Massage is awesome for this, along with stretching and, if the client is overweight, weight loss.
Jacqueline George-Algaier (Pittsburgh, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Sciatica pain can cause referred pain down the back of the buttocks, down into the back of the knee. Some have referred pain into the lower limb and even into the foot as a result of nerve impingement. Sciatic pain does respond well to massage. In conjunction with massage, it is important to continue to stretch and strengthen the muscles that contribute to the muscle tightening that impinges on the nerve. Your mother's health, age, tolerance for pain and other medical issues should be considered when deciding what type of massage will be beneficial. I have worked with an acupuncturist who also had very good results in reducing sciatic pain.
Vanessa McKay (Orangeburg, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic have really helped a lot of my patients with sciatica. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment. Depending upon how long she has been experiencing the pain, it might take several treatments.
Amanda Boehm (Alexandria, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely massage is very helpful with sciatic issues. Deep tissue is best.
Wilton Valerio (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Acupuncture works great for sciatica. Depending on the severity of the pain, acupuncture with electrical stimulation should be performed at least 2 to 3 times a week. Typically my patients feel better immediately after the first session, but its best to continue treatments for at least 4 to 5 sessions. Massage can be helpful too. Usually I wait until the level of pain recedes before starting massage sessions. Sometimes if the massage is too aggressive it can make the pain feel worse.
Silvia Casabianca (Bonita Springs, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, definitely. Make sure that you find a person with the proper expertise to treat the condition. Acupuncture is known to relieve pain. Massage, and specifically certain modalities, such as the Trager Approach, can help treat the muscle spasms that contribute to sciatica. Sciatica symptoms are due to the compression of the sciatic nerve. If the compression of the nerve is caused by a herniated disk in the spine, then it's necessary to rest while in pain and seek bodywork when the pain recedes. Another cause of sciatic compression is a spasm of muscles that rotate the hip (mostly the piriformis) in the buttocks. Massage can relieve the spasm and reduce the compression significantly.
Desmond Diaz (Clermont, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely. Massage, in conjunction with acupuncture can help sciatica pain tremendously. The massage therapist can assist your mother with stretches to help loosen up the piriformis and other musculature that affects her sciatic nerve, as well as treat and underlying muscle pain. An acupuncture session can help release additional muscles, as well as work to reduce the nerve irritation she experiences. I would recommend your mother seeing a therapist skilled with dealing in those type of issues. Keep in mind, it will not be"fixed" in one visit, and may require a few treatments, but she will recover just fine.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Thank you for your inquiry. Massage is exceptionally successful as a treatment for sciatica. Look for a good sports massage therapist. The sciatic nerve travels through the piriformis muscle, which is responsible for rotating the hip outwards. When this muscle becomes over-shortened or tight, it pinches the nerve and causes pain. The iliopsoas, in the pelvic region, is also a contributing factor. Both massage and a good stretching routine will keep sciatica in check. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Jacqueline Cole-Wright (Lehigh Acres, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
I can't speak to acupuncture, since I've never done it. My experience is in various massage modalities, Swedish, deep tssue, aromatherapy, etc. Massage can be very beneficial for sciatica.
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Acupuncture can help your mom, but have her treated when the sciatica is active or most painful.
Eve Torres (Pinellas Park, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Is it really sciatica or could it be piriformis syndrome (PS)? The difference is that with piriformis syndrome the pain goes from the buttocks to the knee. If it is true sciatica, the pain goes to the ankle and is continual. Massage can definitely help with PS using the correct techniques. Icing the area can also help, but doing a gentle, but deep massage to release the piriformis muscle, which sits over the sciatic nerve, would be the best solution.
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
If the sciatica comes from muscle impingement, massage should help. If it comes from a spinal issue, it may offer some relief, but the relief may not last.
Della Melville (Plainfield, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage, along with stretching and range-of-motion exercises can greatly help with sciatic pain. A qualified massage therapist can properly evaluate and address your mother's specific needs. For this type of treatment, I would find a therapist with a private practice or one who works in a medical office, such as a chiropractor.
Lori Hudson (Del Mar, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage should be performed on the surrounding muscle groups, such as the hamstrings, lower back, glutes and especially the piriformis. I can help with specific stretches and passive muscle and joint therapy.
Ted Goodnight (Leverett, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
When dealing with sciatica, it is important to get a second, or third, opinion. Sciatica is a specific situation in which the sciatic nerve is impinged by vertebrae. This will cause pain from the point of origin, at the spine, to radiate through the hip and down the leg, following the course of the nerve. Where the vertebrae are involved, massage will have only minimal benefit. Specifically, loosening the muscles of the back and hip can help take pressure off of the affected vertebrae, but cannot repair a herniated disc or correct spinal alignment. However, there is another condition, known as Piriformis Pain Syndrome, that massage can alleviate. PPS mimics all the symptoms of sciatica, except that the pain originates in the hip, not at the spine. The piriformis is a lateral rotator muscle of the hip. The sciatic nerve either passes through the Piriformis or immediately adjacent to it. When the piriformis and other lateral rotators become tight, they can impinge or irritate the sciatic nerve. This will cause pain that originates deep in the hip and may or may not radiate down the related leg. In the case of PPS, deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy can release the problem muscles. This, combined with targeted stretchin,g will take the stress off the sciatic nerve and bring relief from the pain. Strengthening the hip and core muscles will take the additional stress off of the lateral rotators to help prevent the condition from recurring.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
Of course! First, make sure she has consulted her doctor. I can say that I work with many people who have been diagnosed with sciatica.
Veronica Jones (Catonsville, MD) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy is a great natural relief mechanism for people to ease chronic pain from sciatica. Generally, sciatica is a result of poor posture or a condition of the lumbar spine areas. Many people aren't aware of the benefits of massage on a regular basis. I treat sciatic pain by utilizing Swedish massage. I use various kneading and stroking techniques while applying pressure over tightened muscles. Another modality I use is reflexology - a great way to help ease sciatic pain by applying pressure to the heel area and over the sciatic notch (which runs through the heel from lateral to medial) My clients have told me they feel much lighter after I use these techniques. Sometimes with reflexology, clients may not notice results until 24-48 hours after treatment. With my clients, they seem to get results when I turn them over on their backs. Many really start to see results once they are up and moving around. I really think you should start out with massage therapy and take it from there before using acupuncture. I hope this helps.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, both will help. Good nutrition will also lessen inflammation. I would recommend avoiding all animal products.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Oct 10, 2014
Sciatica is the largest nerve in the body. It runs between the glute minor and glute major. Massage is about the best thing that you can do. Getting massages every two weeks will keep pain from intensifying. Find a therapist that is trained in NMT massage.
Nataliya McAfee (Louisville, KY) on Oct 10, 2014
As a licensed massage therapist I work with sciatica syndrome every day (it is very common problem ). Massage treatment gives great results. Even basic Swedish massage techniques help tremendously when your therapist concentrates on specific muscles.
Larry Amos (Castle Rock, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
If it is pseudo sciatica, caused by the entrapment of the sciatic nerve by soft tissue, then massage can help. If it is true sciatica, caused by a compression of the nerve at the spinal level, massage will at best just be palliative. Get to a good chiropractor or osteopath and get some adjustments to relieve the compression on the nerve.
Carlos Aparicio (Alameda, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
First of all, sciatica is very common. The term sciatica refers to our sciatic nerve, which goes from our glutes all the way down to our feet.Sometimes our muscles get so tight, mostly from bad posture, that it starts pressing on the sciatic nerve. This causes the pain people refer to as sciatica. Medical massage can help on both a short term and long term basis. On a short term basis, you can get rid of the pain, and on a long term basis with regular stretches and some body posture correctional work, sciatica will be a problem of the past.
Said Alla (Chadds Ford, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, sciatica is caused by the tightness of the piriformis muscle in the glutes or buttock area, which entraps the sciatic nerve and causes pain in the lumbar (lower back), lower legs and hips. Massage of the buttocks and lumbar area, especially deep tissue, will help a lot.
Nicolle Cobell-Williams (Acworth, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
There are a couple of answers to this question. Has your mom been diagnosed with sciatica? Does she have problems with disks in her lumbar region (bulging)? Does she complain about tightness in her glutes? Massage can help when muscles are compressing the sciatic nerve in the glutes, specifically the piriformis muscle. If the sciatica originates along the spine, then your mother would benefit greatly from a combination of chiropractic and massage treatments, because the compression of the nerve is caused by bone.
David Niyazov (Coral Springs, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Both work well. It all depends on the therapist or acupuncturist you get. Get a licensed massage therapist who does neuromuscular or orthopedic massage.
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Send your mom to see a physician first, massage can help a lot after clearing it with the physician.
Joanne Beauchamp (South Easton, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
I've worked with many clients who have had sciatica. I've found that massage can be very helpful. I usually work on the piriformis muscle, which is underneath the gluteus maximus, the muscle that we sit on. I normally work right through a sheet( and they can have their undergarments on), so clients don't have to totally disrobe. The piriformis is a small muscle that crosses over the sciatic Nnerve. When the piriformis gets tight, it can clamp down on the sciatic nerve, causing sharp pain that can radiate down the leg. Massage is totally safe for your mom. I have seen clients experience a lot of relief, even after just one hour-long massage. If your mom experiences sciatica often, she would benefit from a regularly scheduled massage. If she got a massage every three to four weeks she could see the symptoms diminish, or even cease. Massage is very helpful for maintaining well-being. People can benefit from massage for many ailments. I hope my answer helps you. Take care. Joanne Beauchamp, LMT
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
In my opinion, massage can help. If she hasn't done so already, she should see a chiropractor to make sure she actually has sciatica.
Brian Kocun (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage with proper stretching will help to ease some symptoms associated with sciatica problems. Active Release Technique applied to the right muscular structure will in short time eliminate those symptoms. Look for certified A.R.T provider in your area.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
There are generally two possible causes for sciatica-type pain. The first is some disorder of the lumbar spine or sacrum, and the second is an overtight piriformis muscle (this is sometimes called pseudo-sciatica or piriformis syndrome). True sciatica may or may not respond to massage, depending on the type and severity of the disorder and the skill of the massage therapist. Severe lumbar-related sciatica is often unresponsive, but the massage can be pleasant which may relieve some of the discomfort in itself. I've seen this type respond well to acupuncture in many cases, but not all. Pseudo-sciatica often responds well to massage, especially if the therapist is familiar with piriformis release techniques. In my experience, acupuncture will also get results in these cases if the acupuncturist recognizes the involvement of the piriformis muscle and treats accordingly. I wish you and your mother the best of luck.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Swedish massage with hot stone therapy will help relieve discomfort.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
First off, make sure it is true sciatica. The word sciatica is at times misused. Massage will help with the symptoms.
Terri Hosfeld (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Both massage and acupuncture are passive (No harm) things that can improve or eliminate the problem. Being a massage therapist, I would start with massage, which can pinpoint exactly which muscles are causing the problem and relax them so that the issue resolves.
Desirae Glasgow (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 10, 2014
Sciatica is most commonly caused by the piriformis (one of the main muscles in the butt) being tight. The sciatic nerve runs through that muscle, and when the muscle is tight, it pinches the nerve. Massage of the muscle can definitely loosen it, therefore releasing the nerve. Acupuncture can help as well by releasing the muscle using energy points. Keep in mind that one treatment won't be a cure all, but it will start her on the path to less pain.
Michelle Elizarraras (Mira Loma, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
I do know that both massage and accupunture help with sciatica.But because i dont know about accupunture Id have to say massage is best but actully it varies person to person. Hope this helps .
Sal Anzalone (East Patchogue, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
To answer your first question, yes. As it turns out, both massage and acupuncture will help. Has your mother ever had a massage? Has she ever had acupuncture? I suggest you ask your mother if she would like to have either modality. Never assume.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
massage adn acupuncture will definitely help with sciatica. it is better to have both.
Keith Dougherty (, ) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage will help, but won't solve the problem in one session. Diagnosis is the key, not self-diagnosis. You must find out if the sciatica is discogenic (originating at the nerve root as it exits the vertebral column) or if the problem lies elsewhere. Piriformis syndrome is often misdiagnosed as sciatica. I specialize in piriformis massage and have seen good results with regular massage over the years. Aside from massage, losing weight and strengthening the gluteal muscles goes a long way toward keeping weak muscles from impinging the nerve as it makes its way down the leg.
Zahava Czara (Honolulu, HI) on Oct 10, 2014
You can start with massage therapy. Have the LMT (licensed massage therapist) focus on the lower lumbar region and the glutes. Acupuncture is also great at healing and redirecting nerve pain. In my professional opinion, a combination of massage, acupuncture, chiropractic work, whole foods, proper hydration and exercise will keep the body balanced.
Willow Roberts (Bailey, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
I think a gift certificate is a great present, especially to promote natural therapies for sciatica. I have a few question for you. Does the pain go all the way to the foot? Is your mother open to chiropractic treatment? Does she wear shoes with good arch support? Therapists can perform many different techniques to relieve sciatica pain. I would recommend assisted stretching, trigger point work and massage. Acupuncture is a good idea too, though that is not my specialty and I'll leave further acupuncture advice to experts. A chiropractor and massage therapist can work together to ease back pain. You may wish to consult a great website, I hope this info has helped you. Willow Roberts owner To the Roots Wellness
Michael Julien (Solana Beach, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Both massage and acupuncture can treat sciatica. More important is finding out what is causing the sciatic pain. Please see an acupuncturist with good orthopedic expertise. The practitioner should be able to isolate the cause before beginning treatment. This will accelerate the healing process and increase the chances of full recovery.
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can usually help with sciatica, but she needs a specific type of massage, a neuromuscular or medical massage, that will relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Various types of stretching are also used to ease the nerve compression. I can't comment on acupuncture, as it's not my area of expertise.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes,both modalities can work in the hands of trained pros. Freeing and nourishing the sciatic nerve and its branches will allow blood flow to be restored, getting rid of the condition. Exercise and body awareness will help sciatica stay away.
Tammy Shaffer (Culver, IN) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage and acupuncture are excellent therapies to help address muscle tightness. A gift certificate is a great introduction to massage. Definitely let the therapist know about the sciatica. I would suggest a series of one massage per week for eight weeks.
Jennifer Forte (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can absolutely help with sciatic pain. The sciatic nerve runs under, and sometimes through, the piriformis muscles between our sacrum and proximal femur. Working this muscle and the other lateral rotators of the hip can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain. Massage of the rest of the legs, feet, and lower back will help as well.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, both treatments are very effective. I would say three to five sessions of effective bodywork will take care of the problem. Sciatica either comes from a tight piriformis muscle (a deep lateral rotator in the buttock) or from tightness in the lower lumbar spine pinching the nerve. I would have the therapist create space in the lower lumbar area and make sure the joints are not stuck.
Cherline Metelus (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
OK, that is the most painful thing you can experience. Sciatica is the result of a Qi blockage, which can be treated with acupuncture. You can also go to someone with experience in sports massage, who can show you some stretches that will help loosen the area.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
This depends on whether this is a clinically diagnosed case of sciatica. Sciatica usually results from nerve impingement, so if it is an issue of pain management, acupressure will help tremendously. If it is an issue of soft tissue or muscle restriction affecting the joint space around nerve, certain types of massage may be a preferable treatment. More information is needed to provide an adequate answer for you.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
If the sciatica pain starts in the lower back/hip area, physical therapy on the piriformis muscle will relieve the pain unless the person has bulging discs. The therapy consists of one placing an elbow directly on the piriformis muscle and gradually stretching the muscle out on both sides of the sacrum. The piriformis muscle is responsible for over 90% of all lower back pain.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
The million dollar question is: Does she have true sciatica, or does she just have sciatic nerve pain? If she has true sciatica, she would be unable to sit in a chair and extend her leg in front of her while locking the knee. If she is able to do this, she is just having sciatic pain. She does not have true sciatica. What appears to be sciatica is many time piriformis syndrome. That means that a deep lying butt muscle is pinching the nerve. That condition can most definitely be remedied with massage therapy. With true sciatica, massage therapy will often help the pain, but will not truly remedy the problem. Acupuncture should help with the nerve problem in either case, however, it will not solve piriformis syndrome.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Rossiter can eliminate this pain.
Dorothy Adams (Akron, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
It really depends. If she is having severe sciatica and hasn't seen her doctor or chiropractor for X-rays and a diagnosis, she should do that first. I had a family member almost lose some ability in his leg because he let the problem go too long. He had nerve compression - his bone was trapping his nerve and could have caused nerve damage. Once anything serious is ruled out though, and the physician has given the green light, there is nothing better for lower back pain than massage.
Kimberly Deane (Media, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage and acupressure can absolutely help sciatica. I help alot of people alleviate this condition. Often the lumbar lower back area needs to be released. This is where sciatica originates. Feel free to call me to talk more about your mom. Thank you for your inquiry. Best wishes for health!
Suzanne Peranteau (Madison, WI) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage and acupuncture are both excellent treatments for sciatica! The key is to schedule with an experienced practitioner who has had good results in the past. You can find people through Zeel and ask them about their clinical practice. It is very safe for her to get massage or acupuncture, but she will likely need more than one appointment, just so you're aware. Good luck!
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Proper massage will help relieve sciatica pain. It will involve mostly stretching of the muscles in the lower back and in the glutes. Heat before the procedure, along with tapotement techniques, will work best.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic work will all help sciatica tremendously.