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Lower back pain is experienced by a lot of people every day. This can be caused by several factors and conditions, sciatica being one of them. For some, this can be excruciatingly painful, making daily activities such as getting up from a chair difficult or even impossible.
What is Sciatica, and what causes it? In this article, we'll go into more detail about this problem and how a great massage may help alleviate your back discomfort. We'll also take a look at the best massage chair for sciatica in order to help you choose the most effective choices for your lower back needs.
If your pain involves a burning sensation, tingling, or a sharp, stabbing feeling that radiates from your lower back down to your buttocks and legs, chances are you are experiencing Sciatica pain.
Sciatica is a condition that affects and compresses the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back down your leg, and when inflamed, can cause pain and weakness in the lower body.
The sciatic nerve can be affected by a variety of factors -- our daily activities such as sitting for too long, posture, age, etc. -- which can lead to conditions that cause sciatic pain.
Slipped discs are the most common cause of sciatica, accounting for up to 80% of cases. A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus pulposus (the gel-like material in the middle of a disk) slips out of its space and presses on adjacent spinal cord tissue or nerves. This can be incredibly painful and can affect your ability to move and function normally.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a condition in which the opening or canal in the lower spine narrows. which can cause pain and restricted movement down your leg. This is more common in older people as the opening typically narrows and decays with age.
Priformis Syndrome is caused by a compression of the sciatic nerve due to the tightening of the piriformis muscle.
Treatment options for easing sciatic pain vary. Mild cases of sciatica are usually remedied with self-care treatments such as applying cold or hot packs and over-the-counter medications.
Massage therapy is also one of the most effective treatments for alleviating pain caused by sciatica. A good massage can help to break up scar tissue, reduce inflammation and improve circulation. These aid in easing the pain and allow you to move more easily without experiencing any discomfort.
Massage chairs are a convenient and cost-effective option to get a good massage without the need to travel or pay a per-session fee. Through a combination of different massage techniques and extensive customization capabilities, they are able to provide relaxation throughout the body.
While massage chairs are generally made to provide comfort and relief, not all are able to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by Sciatica. There are a variety of features to look for to make sure that you are getting a chair fit for your needs.
Deep tissue massage is a great way to treat not just sciatica but also other back pain conditions. Its effectiveness comes from its combination of slow but firm pressure that effectively breaks down scar tissues and penetrates deeper into your muscles to soothe muscle tension.
Daiwa's Pegasus 2 Smart Massage Chair is one of the best when it comes to providing deep tissue massages. It is designed to reach wider and deeper into your muscles from the shoulders to the upper thighs, using 3D rollers that move along an L-track system. This chair features Lower Body, Upper Body, and Refresh programs that combine therapeutic deep tissue massage techniques to provide relief on parts that need focus. If you’re in for a more customized massage for your Sciatic pain, the Pegasus offers 5 intensity levels and 6-speed levels that you can select from, depending on what your body needs.
For anyone struggling with sciatic pain, heat therapy is a must. The heat does not only feel good and relaxing, but it actually helps in reducing inflammation and pain, making it one of the best treatments for this condition.
Heat is already a common feature among massage chairs on the market, but Osaki's Pro-Maestro LE takes their heat therapy game to a different level. Instead of lumbar heating pads integrated into the chair, which most chairs have, it is equipped with heated rollers that move throughout the body, from the neck to the glutes and hamstrings. This unique feature allows for a wider reach and a more even distribution of heat, providing even greater relief as you get your muscles massaged with its 4D rollers.
Stretching massage is a great way to relieve pain and tension in the body. It also helps increase blood flow to these areas which can reduce inflammation.
Kyota’s Yosei M868 features a decompression stretch that provides a spinal correction function. This effectively stretches and decompresses the spine using a combination of massage techniques and chair movements, alleviating pressure and pain in the areas that need relief. For those who need a milder stretch, Yosei also offers a waist-twisting technique that people with sciatica can opt for instead to help them soothe and relieve the pain.
Daiwa's Relax 2 Zero massage chair, on the other hand, offers a gentle inversion stretch that is perfect for taking pressure off the sciatic nerve which is usually caused by bad posture. This feature stretches and elongates the spine more than any position by putting the user’s foot above the head level as the chair reclines back below a horizontal level, effectively helping in alleviating pain in the back.
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