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Acupressure Ball Therapy for Sciatica

Sciatica is defined as leg pain, tingling, numbness and weakness that originates in the low back and travels through the buttock down the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. The pain is often worse when sitting. Check with your doctor before starting any therapy.

Massage and stretching are both included in treatment options. Several stretches in the Bathtub Yoga Program target the hip region and can be useful. They include Supine Pigeon, Eye of the Needle, and Hamstring Stretch. These postures stretch the piriformis muscle, a culprit of sciatica.

acupressure ball

You can use an acupressure ball to help ease sciatiica by placing it between your back and the tub, as show here, between the model's back and a window.

To massage in the bathtub, relax back, bend both knees with feet on the tub floor. Place ball under buttock & lower. Is the ball pressing on a sore spot? Reposition if needed. Take care not to apply so much pressure you cause a bruise. Experiment with direct pressure, or a rolling circular motion for a kneading effect. Tipping or rolling more on your side may help access the area.

For more information on using the acupressure ball see Acupressure Ball Basics. For more info on Sciatica see Wikipedia.


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