The feeling of numbness takes about 6 months to clear. The “tight” feeling in the leg muscle is residual from the nerve damage. This too will take some time to clear. Read “nerve damage and healing” on the website to understand how nerves heal.
Massage might help but this is a trial and error situation.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.