Sciatic pain is uncomfortably familiar to those who suffer from it, but perhaps mysterious to those who don’t. What’s the best massage for sciatica pain? Let’s break it down.
In brief, sciatica refers to pain along the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious condition affecting one in four adults. Some information suggests that people with hypertension should not use massage as treatment. Fortunately, research contradicts this finding.
Massage is a general term for compression, rubbing and treatment of skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists usually use their hands and fingers, but they may also use forearms, elbows and even feet. Massages can range from light touch to deep pressure.
Back pain is an inevitable result of our lifestyle. Most of us work for hours in office jobs and have to sit all day in a chair in front of the computer. Other causes of back pain include standing for a long time, sitting in the wrong position, exercising incorrectly and congenital malformation.
Back in the days of the cave bear and the sabre-toothed cat, the human body evolved to respond to danger from an attack by either fleeing or fighting. Both these actions require extra levels of adrenaline and cortisol, together known as the "stress hormones," which suppress the immune system and increase blood sugar levels, keeping our muscles ready for fight or flight. In those times, stress was a good thing. It meant survival.
Nearly 80 years ago, with the growing popularity of alternative medicine in the world in general, the Western World saw an uptake of alternative medicine, particular those originating in Japan and China. Nowadays, many people in the Western World are increasingly turning to alternative medicine and using it to manage and treat a whole range of conditions. This has led to a lot more trust being placed in the effectiveness of these techniques.