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The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and runs through the buttocks and down the backs of the legs. Sciatic pain develops when there is a structural compression of the nerve in the lower back, caused either by injury or degeneration over time. Sciatic pain can be excruciating, but there are options for relief that can alleviate the worst symptoms temporarily or more long-term.

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1. Massage

Massage can ease tension and tightness in muscles and tendons and can decrease painful nerve inflammation by promoting blood circulation. Massaging the buttocks and back of the legs can relieve sciatic nerve tenderness while relaxing any built up tension from the pain of a pinched or stressed sciatic nerve. One massage will give only temporary relief, but regular massages can more substantially relieve pain and promote muscle and nerve relaxation. Massages that address these issues can be painful, but having a warm bath afterward can help.

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