is a painful condition caused by an impingement of the sciatic nerve in the lower lumbar vertebrae. Although many people diagnose themselves with sciatica, a doctor or qualified chiropractor is needed to determine if it is true sciatica.
Other conditions, such as piriformis syndrome, can mimic the symptoms of sciatica, which is why it's crucial to get a diagnosis from a doctor or chiropractor. Symptoms of sciatica include pain radiating down one or both legs, pain in the inner thigh, constant pain in the back and legs, pain, weakness, or numbness while moving the legs, pain that gets worse with prolonged sitting, and tingling sensations on the legs.
Massage therapy* isn't a cure for sciatica, but it can drastically reduce pain and symptoms by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body and nerves. In order to receive the most benefits, it's highly encouraged for you to seek regular chiropractic care in combination with massage, and possibly other medical procedures based on what your doctors find.
*Massage therapists are not allowed to treat, prescribe, or diagnose.