Massage of the sciatic nerve at the level of the buttocks: How to do it?

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Suffer from a sciatica is a situation that can be particularly disabling as long as the pain can be intense. Fortunately, multiple drug and alternative treatments exist, such as nerve massage sciatica at the buttock level.

But how does it come true? Answer in this article.

Anatomical reminder

Le sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in the human body. It is made up of nerve fibers coming from roots leaving the spine from L4 to S3. It leaves the pelvis through the large ischial notch which is located under thehip bone, then follows a long path during which it crosses the buttock, the hip, the thigh, the knee, the calf to end at the level of the foot.

course of the sciatic nerve

Le sciatic nerve itself actually ends at the level of the popliteal region (knee) where it splits in two to form two nerves: the tibialis and fibular.

This is a nerve called " mixte which has both a sensory function and a motor function.

What is sciatica?


La sciatica is none other than the pain felt along the path traversed by one or both roots of the sciatic nerve. It is generally the consequence of irritation or compression exerted on the latter.

Depending on the nerve root that is compressed (and the degree of irritation), the painful path can vary, so it is possible to distinguish:

A pain crossing the posterior part of the thigh, the external part of the knee and the leg as well as the top of the foot to come to an end at the level of the big toe, when the root L5 is compressed.

On the other hand, when the compression touches the root S1, the painful path passes through the back of the thigh and knee, the calf, the heel and the sole of the foot, then ends at the outer edge of the foot reaching the last three toes.

Generally, only one of the lower limbs is affected by sciatica. It happens, however, in rare cases that it affects both limbs.

Sciatica can be the consequence of many conditions, to find out more consult the following link:

Processing Techniques

Before talking about treatment, it is essential to identify the exact cause of sciatica, because it is the latter that strongly guides the treatment. A medical consultation is therefore essential in order to properly treat sciatica.

Once the diagnosis is well made and the cause well identified, medication can be prescribed by the doctor first to relieve the pain and relax the muscles.

It is most often apainkillers at different levels such as paracetamol or codeine, ofnonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids. a muscle relaxant is also often prescribed to relax the muscles and thus participate in the relief of pain.


Finally, neuro-vitamins type B1-B6 may be of interest in the management of pain due to irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Another aspect of care is that of physiotherapy (physiotherapy), indeed theapplying heat or ice at the origin of the pain, in other words at the lumbar level, constitutes a very effective treatment technique when a person suffers from sciatica.

heat or ice in the treatment of neck pain

Finally, sessions of physiotherapy and D'osteopathy in order to carry out exercises and provide Massages, in particular of the sciatic nerve, are also a key step in the treatment of sciatica.

Sciatic nerve massage

calf massage

La massage therapy is an effective treatment to temporarily but effectively relieve pain due to sciatic nerve. Indeed, this method will relax the tense muscles that are causing the pain.

In addition, it will promote blood circulation and therefore improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to painful areas, thus providing a better healing environment.

Le massage also stimulates specific pressure receptors in the brain, these not only encourage the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which will therefore reduce pain, but also the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which brings a feeling of relief and lessens the pain.

The massage consists of relaxing the muscles that directly cover the region of the nerve at the back of the thigh, in particular the piriformis, and not massaging the nerve itself, because many confuse them!

Let's not forget that the goal is the looseness muscle tension around the nerf sciatica, which will induce the alleviation of the suffering. Thus, the massage will be carried out essentially at the level of the lower back, the buttocks, the back of the thigh, the calf and the soles of the feet.

It should be understood that these massages will obviously not solve the cause of the sciatica, they will nevertheless make it possible to relieve the pains in a temporary way thus participating in the improvement of the quality of life of the patient in the short term.

Forms of massage from the sciatic nerve to the gluteus

Le sciatic nerve massage at the level of the buttock is very often appreciated by patients.

Indeed, it participates in reducing the symptoms encountered in the event of herniated disc, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, by gluteus medius tendonitis or a meralgia paresthetica.

There are different forms of massage that can be given to the buttocks to relieve the sciatic nerve. Namely, the manual massage of a qualified therapist, the massage with a tennis ball or using a massage gun.

  • Manual massage from a qualified therapist
leg massage

Among the treatment methods for sciatica are therapeutic manual massages performed by a masseur physiotherapist under medical prescription. They help improve well-being and relieve pain and stiffness due to irritation of the sciatic nerve.

  • Massage with a tennis ball :
tennis ball on the back

Yes yes ! you read correctly. Ailments caused by the sciatic nerve can be relieved with a simple tennis ball. It is a simple and economical method that will soothe you in the same way as a regular massage.

To do this, securely place a tennis ball under your back, piriformis thigh or buttocks. Then lie down and move gently until you find the sore muscles. Now apply pressure to the targeted area.

  • muscle massage gun
massage gun muscle massage device 14317 1 Sciatic nerve massage on the buttocks

Le massage gun is a portable device, equipped with a battery that can be recharged as well as various accessories and specific tips. It is used to provide massages to soothe pain, relax muscles and activate blood circulation.

It works through vibrations that strike the skin at a high frequency.


Certainly, the multiple existing massages are a very good complement to the management of sciatica. However, they must be complementary to other therapeutic strategies, such as the practice of physical activity and stretching exercises and the improvement of lifestyle.


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