Lower back pain is typically caused by a pinched nerve. This problem can lead to serious mobility impairments, progressive weakness, numbness, and even intestinal disorders.
To note, the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of human beings. This nerve runs from the lower side of the spine, goes down past the buttocks and eventually to the feet. This is the reason why the pain gives painful effect on the entire lower body (usually affecting one side only).
The most common cause is a herniated disc pressure on the sciatic nerve. This pressure will eventually lead to irritation of the bone and muscle. Typically, parallel tight muscles are the pain precipitating.
Piriformis muscle passes from the front side of the sacrum to the pelvis, and the muscle is attached at the top of the femur, intertwined with the sciatic nerve system. In short, pelvic pain is interwoven with the muscles and bones that can lead to the spreading effect.
Piriformis syndrome “explodes” when a constriction by piriformis against the sciatic nerve and other nerves happens.
Massage therapists and osteopathic physicians have always understood that when the piriformis in parallel position, it will directly result in lower pelvic pain.
If back pain is caused by the piriformis muscle and not by a herniated disc, then the patient does not need surgery and exhausting drug therapy.
Treatment for Sciatica
Stretching should be done to overcome the constriction and excessive tension, so that inflammation and misalignment can be reduced. When inflammation is reduced, then the pain is also reduced. Here are two light exercises that can reduce constriction and tension:
1. Lie on your back by placing the foot on a flat position
Pull leg (affected) up to the chest while holding your left knee with your left hand. Do this in conjunction with when you grasp your ankle with your right hand. Pull back knee toward the opposite of the previous. Each stretch should be held for 30 seconds and repeated until returning to the starting position. Perform this exercise at least 3 times a day.
2. Lie on the floor and position the foot (affected) transverse to the other foot.
Bend both knees and slowly pull the knee to the shoulder (on the same side with the knee). Hold this stretch for up to 30 seconds and repeat up to 3 times.
Devils claw is a plant originating from South Africa. It has the shape of tiny hook. The small hook looks covering the fruit. You can take advantage of its tubers and roots to prevent inflammation. You can find this plant in capsule form in many natural food stores. But do not take it if you suffer from stomach ulcers or are taking blood-thinning medications.
Hot and cold compresses
This is a simple alternative to reduce inflammation. Apply an ice pack on the affected area, and immediately follow with a hot pillow, then ice pack again. A drastic temperature difference will increase blood flow, thereby reducing muscle tension.
It is a popular herb for pain relief, you can obtain it at various stores of natural medicine. Apply to the painful area.
Trigger point therapy
It is commonly used by professional massage therapists to stretch the muscle constriction. It is a combination therapy of stretching and massage to put the piriformis to its original position.
You can of course use other options such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and yoga therapy.