Have you ever felt a sore pain that goes from your lower back to behind the thighs and then spreading down below your knees? If so then you might be suffering from sciatica.
One of the symptoms of sciatica is a sore sciatic pain that usually affects the sciatic nerve pathway, such as the lower back, buttock, back of the thigh and/or calf, on the side of the foot and in the heel.You may also feel numbness or weakness in these areas or a strange sensation like tingling or pins and needles.
Tennis Ball Therapy for Sciatic Pain
Have you ever heard about the tennis ball therapy? If not read this article and you will see how this simple method can solve your problem and eliminate your pain. This method uses the standards of back rub,pressure point massage and reflexology which help to calm sore muscles and muscle strain.On account of sciatic torment, the tennis ball intends to treat the piriformis muscle which is found near the sciatic nerve.In other words this muscle pushes the sciatic nerve against the tendons underneath it, which brings about adding to the recognizable butt cheek and leg torment.
In this case the tennis ball presses and treats trigger focuses in the piriformis muscle, enhances the blood dissemination and the portability to the range and it also diminishes the muscles pressure and inflexibility.
How to do Tennis Ball Therapy for Sciatica
The best thing about this therapy is that you can do it in your own home. First of all you need to start by laying or sitting on the floor and then placing the ball on or near the muscle where the pain is originates from. In order to conduct this therapy you can use one or two balls. Now it is very important to note that if you use two balls you are generally working on a larger area with less pain. This is because the pressure is distributing over both of the tennis balls. However it will be a lot easier for you if you start this therapy with only one ball, and use one tennis ball for a while. Now start this therapy by slowly moving your body, so that the ball is moving around the muscle as well. Moving the ball find the tender spots and then compress the ball on these spots for about 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this therapy few times a day and in now time you will see how amazing this therapy is. This therapy will help you ease the tension in the muscles and it will take the pressure of the sciatic nerve.
It is important for you 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. This is very important for the further treatment of the disease. Note that this therapy will help you and will do wonders to get you back on your feet, only if the sciatic or lower back pain is due to a muscle or pinched nerve.
However remember that it is very important to talk to your doctor about your condition before starting this tennis ball therapy to find out if there are any restrictions related to your condition.
Here is a video exhibiting the tennis ball treatment:
Video by: Manu Kalia
Source: Keep Your Body , Positive Med