Will massage help nerve pain?

Nerve pain is a very common ailment that most of us have felt at one point or another.  Have you ever felt a general numbness, sharp shooting pains that come and go, or a random pinched feeling when lifting something or everyday activities? If so, you may be experiencing the signs of general nerve pain. 

These pains often results from repetitive movement injuries (work or sports), traumatic injuries to the body, and even genetics can play a role in nerve pain. The gist of it is your muscle, tissue, or bones are squeezing on your nerves more than they should and causing them to send pain signals to your brain.

In today’s article we will dive into how these nerves work, some common types of nerve pain, and how massage therapy helps to decrease or eliminate these pains from your daily life! 

How Nerves Work

We all probably remember the images we saw in school of the nervous system with all its arms reaching out and forming a communication network across our body. These nerves transmit information lightning fast back to our brains to let them know whats going on and what to do next. 

When the flow of this information traffic is blocked or pinched by your bone or muscle, your nerve sends out a distress or pain signal to the brain to say “Hey! We got a blockage here!” 

Fun nerve fact – We have over 100 billion mapped nerves in our brain alone!   

A majority of nerve pain issue will manifest themselves as one of the issues listed below. 


  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Tennis Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 
  • Sciatica is felt in the  lower back and the pain extends down the back of the leg.


  • Diabetic Neuropathy, often causes tingling and numbness in the feet that can even extend into the legs themselves. 
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome this of often felt between the base of the neck and the armpit & can be caused by whiplash, weight lifting, pregnancy postural changes or even weight gain.

How Massage Therapy Helps

When it comes to nerve pain, massage therapy really helps when the issue is caused by tight muscles (which is common). Some of the most common types of nerve pain that are addressed by massage therapy are Sciatica and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

When the physical knots and kinks in your muscles become too big or too tight they begin to restrict and compress your nerves. That’s when your body begins to send that pain signal back to the brain and you know it’s time for a massage. 

Our Integrative, Swedish, or Thai massages are all great options to help loosen up those tight muscles and stubborn knots to allow the nerve endings to reconnect as they should and reduce, if not elimite, your nerve pain. 

If you have any questions, please reach out:
Phone: (717) 244-2494 
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