Are Massage Chairs Good For Sciatica?
Have you ever felt a sharp pain, burning sensation, or electrifying jolts of pain in your lower back, buttock, or legs? Does one of your legs get numb even without putting any pressure on it? These are the symptoms of a condition named 'Sciatica,' which we are going to discuss today.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of pain that occurs due to inflammation, irritation, and the Sciatic nerve's compression. It can also be caused because of an injury to that nerve. The sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in our body. It comprises five root nerves - two root nerves are from the lower back region (lumbar), and three root nerves are from the spine's final section (sacrum). Two sciatic nerves run down from the lower back region and get divided into two individual nerves - one for each leg.
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In purely medical terms, Sciatica can only be caused by an injury. However, in modern terms, Sciatica is referred to as any pain that originates in the lower back region and runs down the leg region. Usually, Sciatica is caused because of pinching, compression, inflammation, and irritation in your lower back region. These things cause specific changes in the sciatic nerve and lead to a sharp pain or several jolts of pain in one of the legs.
If you really have Sciatica, you will feel numbness and weakness in your leg. It usually happened to one leg at a time. You won't have Sciatica in both of your legs at the same time. It might also create a burning sensation, and you'll feel temporary shocks of shooting pain.
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Sciatica is a very common condition in the world. More than 40% of people in the United States have experienced this pain at least once in their lifetime. The frequency and intensity of Sciatica depend entirely on the cause of this condition. It gets caused because of many different reasons. Let's check out these reasons before we go ahead and talk about the role a massage chair can play in Sciatica.
The 3 Biggest Causes For Sciatica
- A herniated disk is one of the most prominent reasons for causing Sciatica. It is also popularly known as a slipped disk. Disks provide support and cushioning to the spinal vertebrae. Sometimes, the cushioning pad (a gelly centre of the disk) slips from its place because of excessive pressure from the vertebrae. It causes the entire disk to bulge. When it occurs in the lower back region, the bulging disk can pressure the sciatic nerve and cause Sciatica.
- Another common cause for this condition is Degenerative Disk Disease. This disease causes a natural meltdown of the disks between the spine's vertebrae. When the spine's cushion fades away, the vertebrae become shaky and feel out of place. The lower back region's vertebrae start pinching the nerve roots, including the sciatic nerve. Because of this pinching and compression, Sciatica is caused.
- The third biggest cause of this pain is known as 'spinal stenosis.' It happens when the spinal canal gets abnormally narrowed-down. It reduces the space for the nerve chords and nerve roots. It eventually results in disk herniation and then Sciatica.
How Can A Massage Chair Cure Sciatica?
By Providing Deep Tissue Massage in The Lower Back Region
Deep tissue massage has double benefits in the case of Sciatica. Firstly, the massage chair can provide you with a high-intensity massage on your lower back region to reduce the pain. Secondly, a deep tissue massage will relax the stiff and tight back muscles. One of the causes of Sciatica is stiff muscles putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. Once the muscles get relaxed, there will be no more pressure on the sciatic nerve. Because of this, the sciatica pain would water down after a couple of high-intensity massage sessions. Kahuna Kappa, Infinity Dynasty 4D, and Osaki AmaMedic Hilux 4D are some of the best available 4D massage chairs for sale, which can help you with deep tissue massage.
By Using Kneading Technique To Stimulate Nerve Endings
Massage chairs are known for their incredibly advanced kneading massage technique. The 3D and 4D massage rollers use this technique to stimulate the sciatic nerve ending and other connective tissues. By doing so, massage rollers not only remove any unnecessary pressure from the sciatic nerve, but they also increase the blood circulation in the nerve. Kneading also relaxes the sore and stiff muscles. If any of the stiff muscles are responsible for compressing the sciatic nerve, they will soften after a kneading massage session. Check out Titan Pro Ace II and Infinity Imperial 3D/4D massage chairs for the best kneading massage!
By Using Heat Therapy To Lower The Pain Intensity
Modern massage chairs for sale come with heating pads installed in their lumbar regions. Some of them also have heating pads in the calf regions. Since the pain originated from the lower back region, you can use the heating pads to relax your muscle fibers. Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels and helps them supply more oxygen and blood to the target regions. It also decreases muscle tension and muscle spasm due to pain. You can also buy a massage chair with heated rollers, such as Osaki OS-PRO Maestro. Unlike the stationary heating pads, the heater rollers have more coverage area of your body and can heal Sciatica related pain even more effectively.
By Using Spinal Correction And Stretching Features
You can use a massage chair, such as Infinity IT-8500 PLUS, for its spinal correction and waist-twist technology. With this technology's help, a massage chair can decompress your spine using airbags and different reclining positions. This therapy is quite useful for Sciatica as it'll release pressure from the sciatic nerve. You can also use the back stretching massage program of chairs like Synca Kagra 4D Premium. These stretching and spinal correction programs can heal your condition and make the pain disappear.
If you are suffering from Sciatica, we recommend you to buy any massage chair that we named in this article. Each one of them is capable of dealing with your pain. If you want any additional information about massage chairs, feel free to call us at (833) 627-7245. You can even get in touch with us through live chat.