Sciatica is pain in the lower extremities, which results from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic pain is usually felt on only side of the body, but in some cases, it can affect both sides. It is characterized by severe pain, numbness and tingling that can spread from the lower back to the feet.
Where Is the Location of the Sciatic Nerve?
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body which starts at the back of the pelvis and extends throughout the buttock area and branches out into the feet.
What causes sciatic nerve pain?
– Bulging Disc or Herniated Disc: when the soft jelly interior of the disc pushes out through a tear in the exterior disc.
– Trauma: sports injuries, car or motorcycle accidents
– Spinal Tumors: compression on the sciatic nerve.
– Spondylolisthesis: Usually affects the lumbar spine, where one vertebra slips over another.
– Piriformis Syndrome: when muscles spasm in the Piriformis muscle and compress the sciatic nerve.
– Spinal Stenosis: Nerve compression disorder
– Pelvic injury or fracture: Falling or twisting the pelvis while lifting
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Through physical and medical history: through x-rays, MRI, CT scans.
Common Forms of Treatment
Sciatic pain can be treated with different methods depending on the origin of the problem, including:
Radio Frequency Infections
Ice or Heat
4 Simple Massage Techniques for Relief
1. Palm and Thumb Massage
– Place your palms on the lower back and rub the area towards your spine and your buttocks.
– Place your hands at the waist with your thumbs on the ropelike muscles near the spine. Wrap the fingers around the sides.
– With your thumbs press the spine on the outer edges of the ropey muscles. Make sure your thumbs are 4 inches apart.
– Apply pressure without the feeling of discomfort.
2. Tennis Ball Massage
– Using tennis balls is an easy way to apply acupressure to your lower back.
– Place the two tennis balls close together in a towel or sock. Place them on the floor.
– Sit down on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, place the balls behind you.
– Gradually recline your body until you are lying on your back on the floor, with the balls on the sore area of your back. Rest in this position if you can for one minute.
– When the back tension is relieved, move the balls to another area of your back.
– Slowly roll onto your side into a comfortable fetal position, using your arm under your head (as a pillow). Rest in this position for five minutes before getting up.
3. Knuckle Pressure
– With your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, lie on your back
– Make fists and place them on the left and right side of your lower back
– Place your fists so your palms are facing down and your knuckles are against your back
– Your fists should be between the spine and your lower back muscles. Rest like this for one minute
– Slowly roll onto your side into a comfortable fetal position, using your arm under your and rest like this for five minutes before getting up
4. Sciatia stretches
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Invest in Personal Care Equipment
If you experience pain the back, hip or legs you should buy some equipment that will help you relieve pain, such as:
– Tennis Balls
– Kong Dog Toy: This toy can be placed below the hip and increase the pressure as you roll on it.
– Spinal Roller: This hard tube is especially effective for hip pain.
– Knobble: A more focused type of pressure that can be applied to specific spots on the hip.
– Body Back Buddy: This S-shaped tool with knobs can apply pressure to different points on the body.
When Moving Hurts
Sciatica can trigger severe movement pain. This can be a result of stiff and weak muscles because of long periods of lying or sitting. With exercise, the blood flow will improve and the muscles will receive an additional amount of oxygen.
If you find some exercises difficult, try some others with low impact such as: water aerobics, swimming or yoga. Before you start doing some exercise, make sure you consult your doctor.