Our body is full of nerves, but the largest one is definitely the sciatic nerve. It stretches from our lower back, passes in our buttocks and ends in the lower limb.
Unfortunately, this nerve can be affected by a symptom which irritates or compresses it and is known as sciatica. The nerve can also be affected by a narrowed spinal canal, a herniated disc, a degenerative disc disease etc..
People who have this kind of a problem feel sharpening pain which weakens or numbs the area. They feel this kind of pain in their heel, foot, in the calf, in the back of their thigh etc. They also feel pins and needles in their buttock and lower back.
People use different kinds of therapy for pain relieving, but one of the most successful is the massage using a tennis ball. It combines reflexology, acupressure and massage in order to relieve the tension as well as the muscle pain. According to researchers, this is a kind of therapy which ca heal the symptoms of sciatica as well as the pain in the lower back. Your complete range of motion will be improved.
Using a tennis ball to perform this treatment will help you push the nerve towards the tendons. This is what actually causes leg and buttock pain.
It causes pressure on the trigger points found in the muscle. The tension becomes relieved and the blood circulation as well as the mobility in the area are improved. You can also use this kind of massage to help you against ‘Latissimus dorsi’ pain and back pain..
You can relieve sciatica if your main target is the piriformis muscle. If you want to treat other problem areas in your spinal cord, you’ll have to target them. For instance, if you have problems with a pinched nerve, the tennis ball should be as far as it can from it.
This is how the massage looks like:
You can lie on the floor or sit on it. The tennis ball should go under the painful muscles. Try to shift the weight on the ball. If the tenderness is increased in some specific areas, it means that the trigger point is there.
Apply pressure on the painful spot for 15 seconds. In case there is another painful spot, apply pressure on it too. Use gentle movements to roll the ball where the pain is. You can use several balls if you feel intense pain. The direct pressure will be eliminated. In case of any sharp pain, you should prevent nerve or muscle damage by stopping the massage.
These are some additional tips to help you alleviate sciatic pain:
- Cold and heat therapy can be very helpful. Use ice packs or heating pads and any harp pain or inflammation will be gone soon.
- You can also seek comfort in pain-management techniques like: cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery, meditation, breathing exercises, etc.
- Stretch your hamstrings by doing different stretching exercises or low-impact aerobic exercises.
- In case you feel a very intense pain, visit your doctor and ask for painkillers or medicines that can calm your symptoms down.
There are numerous underlying condition that trigger sciatica. In case you don’t feel any improvement with the help of these tips, try to find a specialist that will advise you to use other treatments like: epidural steroid injections, chiropractic manipulation, etc.