How Can Massage Therapy Help Sciatica?

Everybody knows massage therapy can help with pain management, but that's far from the only benefit it has. Massage therapy can also help with stress-related issues, headaches and even sciatica.

Stress Management

In recent decades, we've learned more about stress and the effects it can have on your body. While stress is a problem in and of itself, the other problems it can cause in your body are what you should really be worried about. Stress can lead to:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health problems
  • Heart complications, including heart attacks and stroke
  • Loss of energy and appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Grinding/clenching teeth

It's clear that stress can lead to many health problems, but how can massage therapy help manage stress? Studies have shown that trigger point therapy can decrease your blood pressure and heart rate, both signs that you're reducing stress and relaxing better.

Headaches & Migraines

Many people suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches that may be better managed using massage therapy. By targeting muscles around your neck, head and shoulders, massage therapy can release tension near the source of your headache and improve your symptoms. And of course you get the added benefit of complete and total relaxation which will also help ease the pain of your headache or migraine.

Sciatica

Sciatica sufferers can also benefit from massage therapy. The pain you feel with sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched by muscle or cartilage, and massage therapy can help loosen up those muscles in your back. Additionally, you release endorphins during a massage which can work to naturally ease pain in the body and improve your mood.

Massage therapy is one of the most versatile health care tools we have today. It's not just about easing pain and tension in muscles; massages can also help improve your mood, reduce stress, and improve your immune system, and there's nothing quite like the feeling of complete relaxation.

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage of Sandy Springs, GA today.

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