Unfortunately, millions of people around the world suffer from sciatic nerve pain and back pain. Everyday people are battling their just to preform normal tasks. It has been estimated that nearly 80% of all Americans are plagued by some form of back pain. If you want to successfully treat your back pain, you need to be aware of the true reason and source of the pain.
The majority of lower back pain is usually triggered days or possibly even weeks before the first symptoms appear. This is why so many people have issues determining the main cause of their issues.
The most frequent causes of chronic back pain are accidents and sports injuries. Inactivity, obesity, and poor posture also play a huge role in most back pain cases. Typical back pain will usually resolve on its own in about a month, but there are many things you can do to accelerate the recovery process. For example, the following video is a great resource for how to naturally treat your sciatic pain at home without relying on pain relievers.
The moment you notice pain appearing, try to relax your mind and apply ice to the source of the pain. Many people have reported success with acupuncture or chiropractic care. There are also some anti-inflammatory herbs you can try such as ginger, curcumin, and Boswellia.
Symptoms can be drastically relieved with the help of stretching, especially by performing stretches like pigeon pose, piriformis stretch, seated hip stretch, and self-trigger point therapy using a tennis ball or foam roller.
Massaging your own body with a tennis ball has become extremely popular recently. Sciatica sufferers claims that it is the perfect wait to relieve their painful symptoms.
Health Ambition writes about the benefits it offers:
“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.”
Complete Guidelines of Body Pain explains all the steps you need to follow:
“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.”
Sciatica can be successfully relieved with the help of various alternative treatments, such as:
- Acupuncture- it successfully relieves the symptoms of sciatica
- Yoga- it soothes the pain and symptoms of sciatica in a very short time
- Trigger point massage involves the application of firm pressure to points on the piriformis, lower back muscles, and glutes
- Chiropractic care, at least three times a week
- Topical preparations like anti-inflammatory oils and liniments can relieve the pain when applied to the painful area
- Pilates- It lowers the risk of injuries, soothes pain, and improves body balance
Additionally, you need to maintain a proper body posture in order to avoid pain in many body areas. It is also very important to avoid sitting for longer than an hour.
Helpful Tips For Preventing Back Pain
Preventing back pain is much easier than treating it, so follow these tips in order to ensure a pain-free life:
- To strengthen the muscles of the spine, and boost your flexibility and balance, exercise at least twice a week. Try yoga and foundation training exercises.
- Mind your posture, and do not spend hours sitting down. When standing, spread the weight evenly on both legs, and do not bend over.
- Drink plenty of water during the day.
- Optimize the levels of vitamin d and K2 in your body.
- Sleep well and pay attention to the sleep position. Sleep on the side and always stretch before going to bed.
- Try some effective mind-body techniques to fight stress and address psychological factors.
- Avoid smoking since it lowers the blood flow to the lower spine and promotes degeneration of the spinal disks.