Why does the sciatic nerve cause us so much pain? This nerve is the longest nerve in your body, running from your spine to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. Therefore, when it’s not happy, a considerable portion of your body feels it. The term “sciatica” refers to pain that radiates along the path of the nerve. The nerve provides feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet and even controls muscles in your lower legs.
Causes of Sciatica
Most of us sit for too long, don’t use our muscles correctly, and don’t move our bodies often enough. If there’s an issue with the lumbar spine, sitting usually causes the most pain because of the weight the position puts onto the discs. Additionally, weakened back muscles (from lack of exercise) may increase the strain on the back, as well as the risk for disk compression. Several lumbar spine (lower back) disorders like herniated discs and lumbar spinal stenosis can cause spinal nerve compression and sciatica and are often the result of lack of exercise, injuries, and heavy lifting.
Can Whole Body Vibration Help?
Even though sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating, there are easy ways to get relief without pills or surgery. Whole Body Vibration may be one of those means of getting relief. According to a Canadian WBV retailer, KwikFit, “Whole Body Vibration training and therapy have proven to be effective in reducing pain sensation and pain-related disability in people affected by chronic low back pain and sciatica.” And if you’re not suffering from back pain or sciatica, we all know someone who is- it’s just that common!
Whole Body Vibration causes micro muscle contractions, which produce a massage effect on almost all of the tissues in the body, helping to improve blood flow and loosen tight muscles. In order to effectively treat low back pain or sciatica, proprioception training is usually considered to be an important element of a rehabilitation exercise program. Whole Body Vibration additionally helps improve proprioception, as well as muscle function. A person’s proprioception is challenged just by standing on a pivotal machine. Exercising on a WBV platform adds a greater challenge that produces results such as increased flexibility, range of motion, and mobility and even reduced joint and ligament stress, and chronic pain.
Other non-invasive ways to get relief for sciatica are targeted stretches, yoga, and tennis ball therapy.
Yoga International’s website has a simple 7 pose workout routine just for sciatic nerve relief, posted here.
Using a tennis ball with the right technique can reduce lower back pain by working the piriformis muscle, which is located in the posterior pelvic region near the sciatic nerve. We found a simple how-to tutorial below: