Massage Treatment for Sciatica & Hip Pain
Sciatica is a set of symptoms that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of the five spinal nerve roots. Piriformis syndrome, while related and many times confused with sciatica, points more to a specific origin of dysfunction. Sciatica nerve dysfunction affects nearly up to 40% of adults at some point during their lifetime. Among the many possible causes of nerve compression, spinal disc herniation leads the list of much research material, but accounts for only 5% in sciatica cases. The condition can cause extreme pain and numbness, and in some cases the syndrome has no specific cause. Traditional medical treatment is beginning to be replaced by alternative therapists such as specialized medical massage with amazing results.
Medical massage have been found helpful for relieving sciatic pain. The Touch Research Institute has researched the effects of massage therapy on pain in a series of studies. A study by Hernandez-Reif, Field, Krasnegor, & Theakston (2001) found that lower back pain was reduced, and range of motion increased, after massage therapy (International Journal of Neuroscience #106, pp131-145
Medical massage relieves pain and can also stimulate circulation, improve mobility, release tension, and help the body to heal itself naturally. Spinal manipulations may increase movement in the lower back and relieve the pain caused by a compressed sciatic nerve. Stretching is another way to release the compression of the nerve roots, and massages that include assisted stretching can be highly effective in relieving sciatic pain.
Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Krasnegor, J., & Theakston, H. (2001). Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145. The Touch Research Institute.
Mayo Clinic: Sciatica. Online article on mayoclinic.com. Mayo Clinic: Massage: Get in touch with its many health benefits. Online article on mayoclinic.com.
What is Ergonomics
Ergonomics applies the knowledge of a human’s capabilities and limitations to the design of workplaces, workstations, tasks, tools, equipment, and the work environment. Ergonomics is fitting the workplace to the worker.
The goal of ergonomics in the workplace is to reduce the risk of a work-related musculoskeletal disorder by reducing worker exposure to hazards which promote musculoskeletal problems.
Ergonomic goals include:
- Increase productivity and performance
- Decrease each worker discomfort
- Improve the quality of each worker’s environment
Ergonomic Related Workplace Injuries
Such injuries are collectively referred to as a Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder .
- Cumulative Trauma Disorder
- Occupational Overuse Syndrome
- Repetitive Motion Injury
- Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorder
- Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders
Work-related musculoskeletal disorder may occur from repeated physical movements doing damage to tendons, nerves, muscles, and other soft body tissues resulting from the typical tasks they perform. Some specific ailments include:
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Ganglionic Cyst
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
Each is potentially serious and each of these ailments can happen even more quickly as a result of typing technique and body positions that place unnecessary stress on the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, and neck.
Some of the Factors that Contribute to a Work-Related
- Awkward posture or position
- Tool weight, size and shape
Some Other Contributing Factors:
- Physical Condition
- Level of Training
Symptoms of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder:
Indicators that you may include some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Tightness, discomfort, stiffness, soreness, or burning in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, or elbows
- Tingling, coldness, or numbness in the hands
- Loss of strength and coordination in the hands
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Feeling a need to massage your hands, wrists, and arms
- Pain in the upper back, shoulders, or neck associated with computer use
If experienced it is important to report signs and symptoms as early as possible to prevent any serious injury.
Setting-up a Basic Computer Workstation
No two bodies are identical however, you can use to set up your workstation in a way that best fits your stature and provides you with the most comfort.
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