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How Does Massage Therapy Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Sciatic nerve pain can remain dormant and then suddenly flare up and shoot down the nerve pathways, across the limbs, and continue to radiate for long periods of time. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and therefore, can result in a large amount of pain. That said, an effective massage for sciatic nerve pain can be an effective way to relieve this discomfort over the long term.

The condition of our muscles can have a large effect on sciatic nerve pain. Tight lower back muscles can put stress on the nerves and cause pinching and irritation. A massage can loosen these muscles to relax the tension and prevent this agitation. A massage can also produce endorphins that temporarily mute the body's reception of pain signals.

Sciatica diagram.

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DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System Pro is a professional TENS and EMS device that relieves foot pain, leg pain, and sciatic nerve pain while improving circulation and tissue oxygenation.


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Sciatic Back Massage

The sciatic nerve starts near the lower part of the spine and travels across the buttocks, thighs, down the legs, and into the foot. Due to poor posture, strain, and long periods of sitting, the lower back endures a lot of pressure and consequentially develops muscle tension. Targeting the muscles in the lower back can stop the pinching of the sciatic nerve before it travels further down the leg.

Using the DR-HO'S Pain Therapy System allows for a pulsing massage that relieves both muscle tension and nerve pain. Place the DR-HO'S Flextone Pads on the lower back. Do not place the pads directly on the spine, but on the skin parallel to the spine as shown in images below. The massage will release tension in the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve and calm the shooting pain.

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Sciatic Leg Massage

The sciatic nerve travels all the way from the lower back, across the buttocks, over the thigh, and into the feet. To target the pain in the buttocks or thigh, press the Flextone Electrode Pads on the area that the pain originates in and gradually build the mode of intensity.

Not everyone feels comfortable having a therapeutic massage on their buttocks or back of their thighs, especially when they are afflicted with severe pain. With the Pain Therapy System, you are able to adjust the intensity in accordance to your comfort level and find relief in your own home.

DR-HO’S Pad Placement GuideLower Limb Pad Placement

Sciatic Foot Massage

Some individuals can feel the presence of sciatic pain as far as their feet. There are three ways you can find relief in your painful feet.

Electrode Pads: You can use the Pain Therapy System Pro to Place the Flextone Pads around your feet and set the Pain Therapy System to a low setting. The Pain Therapy System has been proven to improve circulation and can help to alleviate pain in the feet that is caused by the sciatic nerve.

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Circulation Promoting Foot Massage Pads: Attach the foot pads to the Pain Therapy System Pro and place both feet on the foot pads. The electrical stimulation helps to awaken nerves, encourage blood flow, and normalize motor functions.

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Circulation Promoter: DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Pulse Massage to help stimulate the nerves and muscles in the soles of the feet. Not only can it relieve sciatic pain in the feet, but pain throughout the legs.

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TENS Machines Send Waves to Block Nerve Pain

Simply place the gel pads on the back of your legs, buttocks, or other areas experiencing sciatic nerve pain. From there, simply sit back and feel the relief. Try a TENS device to get relief from sciatica anytime, anywhere.

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Find Instant Relief for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Alleviating nerve inflammation and loosening tense muscles are essential steps in reducing the radiating pain caused by sciatic nerve pain. Massages can be helpful, but professional massages can be expensive, uncomfortable, and inconvenient when pain is happening now.

Get More Information on Sciatic Nerve Pain:

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  3. 5 Simple Ways to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain
  4. Dr. Ho's Pad Placement Charts
  5. Sciatica Causes: Where is my Sciatica Pain Coming From?
  6. Sciatica Cure: Is There a Cure for Sciatica?
  7. A Daily Pain Management Schedule for Sciatica Sufferers
  8. How Spinal Decompression Therapy Helps with Sciatica
  9. Sciatica Exercises: 6 At-Home Exercises for Sciatic Nerve Pain
  10. Sciatica Pain Relief: 10 At-Home Treatments for Sciatica
  11. Sciatic Nerve Pain: Physiotherapist Demonstrates 5 Exercises to Beat Sciatic Nerve Pain
  12. Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
  13. How to Ease Back Pain in 15 Minutes with TENS Therapy.


  1. 2016 Moeller, Andrew. Spine-Health. "How massage can ease sciatic pain."
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