How To Stop Sciatic Nerve Pain And Back Pain With Just a Tennis Ball

How To Stop Sciatic Nerve Pain And Back Pain With Just a Tennis Ball

Back pain and sciatic nerve pain are extremely common these days, affecting millions of people worldwide. Statistics show that 8 out of 10 Americans deal with back pain, which is the most common cause of painkiller addiction. To successfully treat back pain, you need to known the underlying cause. 

Lower back pain is typically triggered weeks before the onset of the first symptoms; so many people fail to diagnose the underlying cause, which can range from physical inactivity and poor posture to accidents and sports injuries.

When the pain appears, try to relax and apply ice onto the affected area.  You can also try chiropractic care or acupuncture, as well as anti-inflammatory herbs like ginger, curcumin, and Boswella.

Sciatic nerve pain is yet another serious health problem which is a result of pinched sciatic nerve.  Its symptoms can be successfully relieved with the help of stretching, particularly by performing stretches like Piriformis stretch, Seated hip stretch, Pigeon pose, and self-trigger point therapy using a foam roller or a tennis ball.

The tennis ball technique has become all the rage recently, and for a good reason.  Countless sciatica sufferers swear by its effectiveness.

Health Ambition writes about its benefits:

“Tennis ball therapy incorporates the benefits of massage, acupressure, and reflexology. Using the tennis ball tactic can help relieve muscle tension and soothe sore muscles. When it comes to sciatic pain, the tennis ball focuses on your piriformis muscle which is situated very closely to your sciatic nerve.

The weight of your body on the small tennis ball allows it to directly pinpoint certain sections of your muscles. Pressing into these pain point causes the muscle to relax and release. It can be a slightly painful but gratifying process. It’s kind of like when you get a shoulder massage and you cringe because it hurts so good. The greatest part about tennis ball therapy, aside from the pain relief, is that it’s inexpensive, easy and can be done in the comfort of your own home.”

Follow the steps below, described by Complete Guidelines of Body Pain:

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, 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.”

Additional Alternative Treatments

  • Acupuncture

It is extremely effective at relieving the symptoms of sciatica.

  • Yoga

It both relieves the symptoms and treats the pain in to time.

  • Chiropractic care

It is recommended to use chiropractic care at least three times weekly.

  • Pilates

Pilates relieves pain, improve body balance, and lowers the risk of injuries.

  • Topical Preparations

The use of anti-inflammatory oils and liniments helps relieve pain within a short period of time.

Back Pain Prevention

As prevention is always better than the cure, follow the steps below to ensure a pain-free life:

  • Try grounding, as a way to fight inflammation and relieve pain in the body
  • Try some effective mind-body techniques to fight stress
  • K-Laser treatment is another therapy option that reduces inflammation and relieves pain  Avoid smoking since it lowers the blood flow to the lower spine and promotes degeneration of the spinal disks
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Optimize the levels of vitamin d and K2 in your body