Get rid of sciatic and back pain through tennis ball therapy
Sciatic pain is a very common type of pain affecting 8 in every 10 people. Sciatic pain is not a disease or a disorder, but can be symptoms of another problem related to nerves like degenerative disc disorder, herniated disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal.
The usual areas affected by sciatic pain are the areas along the sciatic nerve pathway including the buttock, lower back, side of the foot, calf, and the heel. The patient may feel weakness or numbness in these areas or a strange sensation like “pins and needles” or tingling.
1 Sciatic nerve
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. It runs from the lower back through the buttock and down the lower limb. Sciatica is caused by an irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
2 What are the common symptoms of sciatica?
The following are the common symptoms of sciatica:
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Pain in the rear or leg
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- Feeling of weakness or numbness along the sciatic nerves pathway including the buttock, calf, heel, and side of the foot
- A slow pain that makes it difficult to stand up
3 Tennis ball therapy for sciatic pain
Tennis ball therapy utilizes the principles of reflexology, acupressure, and massage that help in relieving muscle tension and sore muscles. Buttock and leg pain can be caused by the piriformis muscle pushing the sciatic nerve against the tendons beneath it. When sciatic pain occurs, a tennis ball may be used to treat the trigger points in the piriformis muscle, which is situated near the sciatic nerve.
The tennis ball treats the trigger points in the piriformis muscle, reducing muscle tension, enhancing mobility, and improving the circulation of blood in the area.
The tennis ball therapy is not only good for sciatic pain, but also for back pain. The tennis ball therapy can also be used as a substitute to relieve lower back pain. This therapy is also very simple and economical than other pain relievers.
4 How does the tennis massage therapy works?
You can take one or more tennis balls depending on the level of pain and ability to balance the body. While sitting or lying on the floor, place the tennis ball under the muscles where you are experiencing pain. If you utilize only one ball, it will apply pressure in one area and create pain. If you use three or more balls, the pressure is spread in different areas and will relieve pain easily.
Slowly shift your weight from one ball to another and repeat the process for 15 to 20 minutes before moving to the next.