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 Effective treatment for a Trapped Nerve

 A trapped nerve usually occurs when a nerve is compressed outside of the spinal area. This can occur as it passes through different tunnels as well as through adjacent tissues, such as muscles and tendons. This entrapment can happen through chronic immobilization, such as long-term lack of range of motion, or even in conditioned populations where smaller muscles become fibrous and have higher tension levels (from overuse) creating compression on structures adjacent to it, such as the nerve.

This can happen in the neck or back.  Symptoms include; pain in neck, shoulder or back, numbness or pins and needles in fingers/thumbs. The proper treatment for this is deep tissue massage using tension release technique. 

 

Massage Treatment for Sciatica Relief

Sciatica is a common type of pain caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, going from the pelvis, through the buttocks, down the legs to the feet.

Common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Pain in the buttock or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the buttock
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
  • Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

 The sciatic nerve goes down to the lower leg and foot and down the back of the thigh between muscles like the piriformis, which run down from the sacral area to the legs. A tightening of these muscles can cause the sciatic nerve to get compressed and cause pain. The pain can be mild causing slight tingling, but severe sciatic pain can prohibit the patient to move or even lie down.  Application of cold compresses quite often alleviates sciatica pain and may be used for initial treatments or mild attacks. However, long lasting relief can be obtained from massage therapy once the problem is identified as originating from the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve originates from the bottom of your sacrum which is the triangular bone just above the buttocks, the region from where the massage therapist will begin the treatment. The massage treatment should preferably start with an assessment of the entire back and buttock area. The piriformis can be tight or having spasms, which in turn compresses the sciatic nerve and causes the pain. The massage treatment would include applying constant pressure to the piriformis and other gluteal muscles to cause them to relax and reduce the spasms. These muscles can become tight by constant pressure on them due to long hours of driving or spending extended periods of time while seated. Our massage therapists will include long strokes, which go deep into the muscle fibers.  Pressure and technique will vary and gentle vibration of the buttock and sacrum is also practiced. Ultrasound may also be used, please see above page for more information. This may require several sessions to enable the muscle to release its hold on the sciatic nerve and therefore afford longer relief. 

Frozen Shoulder

The first signs of frozen shoulder are tightness and stiffness in the shoulder joint which may mean that raising your arm or rotating your arm above your head, becomes impossible. There are three stages of the condition, although they are sometimes difficult to distinguish:

  • First stage: the ‘freezing’ phase where the shoulder starts to ache and becomes very painful.
  • Second stage: the ‘frozen’ stage where the shoulder becomes increasingly stiff and the muscle starts to waste away, although the pain doesn’t usually become any worse.
  • Third stage: the ‘thawing’ stage where the pain starts to fade and movement gradually begins to reappear. 

Deep-tissue massage is very useful to treat frozen shoulder by applying pressure to the muscles which releases adhesions or scar tissue that may be contributing to shoulder pain. Deep-tissue massage techniques are avoided during times of acute shoulder pain, inflammation or swelling. Ultrasound (electrotherapy massage) can also be very beneficial. http://www.uksportsmassage.co.uk/Electrotherapy-ultrasound.html

 Tension Release Back Massage (30 Min) £40
 One Hour Deep Tissue Including Tension Release  and ultrasound £60

 

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