Sciatic pain, or also known as Sciatica, refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in our bodies. It is a serious health issue that needs to be addressed on time since it can lead to numbness, debilitating pain and tingling all along this nerve.
Spinal canal, a pinched nerve, a herniated disk, or degenerative disk disease are the most common causes of this health problem.
As Spine-Health describese it:
“Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy.
The vast majority of sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders between the L4 and S1 levels that put pressure on or cause irritation to a lumbar nerve root. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body.
They may include a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. Sciatica pain is often described as searing or sharp, as opposed to achy or throbbing. Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot.”
Most painkillers only soothe the symptoms of sciatica, not treating its root cause in the first place. However, it has been confirmed that stretching exercises and yoga are among the most effective ways to do so.
In fact, a tennis ball might be all you need. A simple massage of the muscles with the help of a tennis ball will help improve the blood flow and the needed nutrients to get to the affected area. Here is all you need to do:
Lie down, put a tennis ball beneath you, and start rolling over towards the position of the sciatic nerve, starting from the lower back, down to the hips, legs, and even your feet. Repeat the process by rolling up and down the painful areas. Use moderate force, and compress each area for about 15 seconds.
Do this on a daily basis and you will witness dramatic improvements in no time.
Important notice: This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and the content herein should not be mistaken for professional health advice. It is highly recommended that you seek advice from a doctor and other health care professionals for serious health and beauty matters.