If you feel pain from your lower back to behind the thighs spreading down below your knees, you might be suffering from sciatica.
The usual places to feel sciatic pain are along the sciatic nerve pathway: in 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
Tennis ball treatment 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. This muscle can push the sciatic nerve against the tendons underneath it, which brings about adding to the recognizable butt cheek and leg torment.
The tennis ball presses and treats trigger focuses in the piriformis muscle diminish the muscle pressure and inflexibility, enhances portability and enhances blood dissemination to the range.
How to do Tennis Ball Therapy for Sciatica
You can do this therapy from your own home.Start by sitting or lying on the floor and placing the ball on or near the muscle where it feels that the pain is originating from. You can use one or two balls to do this. Using two balls generally works a larger area with less pain, since the pressure is distributed over two balls; however, you may find it easier to start by working with one ball until you get the hang of things. Slowly move your body so that the ball is moving around the muscle. Note any tender spots and compress the ball on these spots for 15-20 seconds. Doing this a few times per day will help to ease tension in the muscle and hopefully take pressure off the sciatic nerve.
It is important to remember that sciatic pain is a symptom, not a cause or disease in itself. It is important to find out if the sciatic pain is due to a bone spur or herniated disc, as these may require more treatment. If, however, your sciatic or lower back pain is due to a muscle or pinched nerve, tennis ball therapy should do wonders to get you back on your feet.
It’s always a good practice to talk to your doctor about your condition before you start a tennis ball therapy program to find out if there are any restrictions related to your condition.
Here is a video exhibiting the tennis ball treatment: