Sciatica– the word can sound scary if you don’t know the precise meaning of it. Experience talking here, trust me, have been suffered from it. If you’ve landed on this page, it’s probably because you are suffering from, or are worried you might have sciatica. Sciatica is more than just a literal pain in the butt (back and legs). When it hits you, it can cause tremendous and unbearable pain.
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The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots.
I used to suffer from this pain after my ACL, meniscus and cartilage surgery. I couldn’t sleep, walk or sit down, so basically it’s a chronic pain. There were days that I was in so much pain I couldn’t even do day-to-day activities.
The sciatic nerve runs right through the piriformis, a little muscle in your glutes that helps rotate your hips. If it gets too tight, it can impinge the sciatic nerve that runs through or under it, causing tremendous pain, tingling, and numbness in your lower extremities.
It is important to remember that the sciatic pain is a symptom, not a cause or the disease itself. In other words, if you feel this pain, you need to find out if the sciatic pain is due to a bone spur or herniated disc.
I have heard this story a lot of times, from my physiotherapist and doctor. If you find yourself a victim of sciatica just like me, try these methods, that helped me a lot.
Stretching positions and some Mild Yoga postures (seated hip stretch, pigeon stretch ) may help and release the pain for a short period of time because this kind of pain needs massages and reflexes to be sent in order for the blood to flow easily through the discs.
Have you ever heard about the tennis ball therapy?
This method uses the standards of acupressure, massage and reflexology which help to calm sore muscles and muscle strain.
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According to Complete Guidelines of Body Pain, there are some steps you need to follow:
1st step. Lie down on the tennis ball and find the painful spot in the glutes.
2nd step. Place the ball at that location.
3rd step. Relax or roll up and down your body into the ball.
The tennis ball “presses and treats trigger points in the piriformis muscle (the one we mentioned above) reduces the muscle tension and rigidity, improves mobility and improves blood circulation to the area.”
Hold this position for 30-60 seconds or until you notice a significant reduction in pain. Move to the next painful spot. The total time spent on this exercise should be between 5-10 minutes.
Performing self trigger-point therapy using a tennis ball can be very effective at delivering sciatica pain relief.
Ease into it, find the pain points and work gently to release them.
If you experience pain on your whole leg than you can use two or more tennis ball.
So now instead of sitting on the ball, hold it in your hand and roll it over the front of your whole body from the neck to your hip.
If you’re experiencing an intense pain, an adjustment should be done for balls or stop the motion. You may damage your muscles or nerves if you’re not doing it right.
This inexpensive therapy is a major benefit, especially in the age of crazy healthcare costs. You don’t even have to spend money to see a doctor or physical therapist. Just lay down in the comfort of your home and get to work.
Have you ever used tennis ball massage to relieve sciatica pain? How did it work for you?
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