Your body is a wonder. It contains miles of neuro pathways that branch out from your brain, run down your spine and split off into thousands of tiny little fingers. Each of these fingers is responsible for touch sensitivity, mobility, strength and balance. But the neuro pathways can actually be bent and harmed. You may have experienced some of this with neuropathy or sciatica. This is when a nerve gets cut off, pinch or crushed, leading to a feeling of pins and needles, numbness and clumsiness. This feeling is no fun.
You see, your nerve branches come out of your spine and run through your body. This makes them susceptible to being pinched. Tight muscles can actually clamp down on a nerve and create the feeling of neuropathy and a deep tissue massage can help.
One of the most common forms of neuropathy is something called “golfer’s elbow.” Golfer’s elbow causes the nerve running down the arm to be pinched, creating a feeling of neuropathy in the hand and fingers. This usually results in the feeling of pins and needles, sharp pain and reduced strength. Golfer’s elbow happens when the top side of your forearm becomes tight or strained. This usually happens to golfers when they swing golf clubs too much or hit something hard with their club. The muscle inflames and pinches the nerve running through the top side of the elbow, or the lateral epicondyle. The inflamed muscle pinches down on the nerve and wreaks havoc on the forearm and hand. It is important to note that nerve pain is rarely felt at the site of injury. In this case, the pain is felt in the hand and forearm. In the case of nerve pinches in the lower back, the pain can be felt as far away as the foot. Only a trained professional can pinpoint the injured area.
A sports massage therapist has a really good idea where your nerves might be pinched. There are a few common spots, like the elbow, the piriformis muscle, the lower erector spinae, and the muscles on the thoracic spine. All you need to do is tell one of our highly trained sports massage therapists where you feel these tingling sensations and you will receive the appropriate massage.
The therapist will loosen the muscles at the sight of the impingement. You may feel neuropathy in your foot, but the therapist will work mainly on other parts of your body. You will begin to feel relief and the full feeling you had in your extremity may return. You may feel the limb begin to get hot and it may tingle as the nerve is released. Your skin will come alive. It’s a similar feeling to when you let your leg fall asleep. Then you get up, walk around and let the blood return to the leg. It comes back to life, feels hot and then feels a little sensitive. Soon, full strength and feeling is restored. You will walk away feeling like a new person. Visit MassageSiouxFalls.com to make your appointment today.