LOW BACK PAIN
Scope of Practice
As your massage therapist, it is out of my scope of practice to diagnose or prescribe to you during our treatment sessions. I have helped many of my clients by avoiding expensive surgeries that can worsen their pain and lead down an endless road of medications that can cause other adverse issues.
Possible Causes Of Back Pain
What is sciatica pain? Sciatica and low back pain are subjects very close to my heart. Many of my clients, friends, and loved ones tell me about the horrible excruciating pain that they are experiencing, or often experience, in their lower back. They tell me about the pains and tightness running down their leg that feels like pins and needles causing them so much pain. Sound familiar?
Did you know that the largest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve? Yes, and problems with your sciatica nerve can cause very painful symptoms, making it difficult to walk, sleep, sit for long periods of time, and could be the start of many other serious issues. Sciatica refers to pain radiating along the course of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the buttock, to the back of the thigh, and into the lower leg and the foot. Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. The largest number of cases involving sciatica are usually related to disc herniations. Massage may be as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for relieving low back pain. Massage is a safe alternative in comparison to narcotic pain medication which in turn can have long-lasting negative side effects on the rest of your body. When it comes to sciatica, massage can help in two ways. Massage’s main benefit is soothing tense muscles. When your muscles are tense, they can put more pressure on your nerves, including your sciatic nerve. Massaging these tense muscles may help to reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve.
There may be other issues that are causing you low back pain such as, disc compression, muscle strains from heavy lifting or improper movement, poor posture, soft-tissue injury, pelvic or abdomen issues, and also could be from mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
As your therapist, we will discuss your low back issues together and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your wellness goals.