As you may well know, there are few things worse than back pain—and chronic back pain is the absolute worst.
Chronic back pain can make your life a living hell. You can’t do anything without pain: You can’t walk, stand, sit, or even sleep.
And of chronic back pain ailments, one of the worst is sciatica, which gets its name from the sciatic nerve, which runs from our lower back and to both legs. Normally sciatica presents as a sharp pain emerging from the lower back and sometimes extending towards the affected side.
Sciatica can result from bone spurs, pinched nerves, herniated discs, even pregnancy (if the fetus causes internal organs to shift, resulting in a pinched nerve).
Other backaches may be the result of muscular strain.
Whether sciatica or other back pain, however, there are few good treatments, and usually the remedy is simply rest—often up to four to six weeks. That’s a long time to be in pain.
Fortunately, there are a few home remedies that can help, including the use of a tennis ball.
In particular, tennis ball therapy focuses on the piriformis muscle located in the posterior region of the pelvis, very close to the sciatic nerve, and can help reduce sciatica.
To begin, you need to get an idea of the point of origin of the pain. Place the ball on, or near the place where you feel the pain begins. You can do this after taking a comfortable position, preferably while sitting or lying down.
Now place the ball on the points you discovered and slowly move the body so that it works like a compress. Once you get used to this, you can use another ball to work on a larger area.
This also reduces the pain caused during the procedure as the pressure is now being distributed over both of the balls. You’ll soon notice your tender spots. Use the ball here for 15-20 seconds a few times daily. This will reduce the muscular tension and gradually reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Check it out in the video below: