Which Sciatica Relief Pillow is Right For You? Find Out and End Your Lower Back Pain

Do You Remember What a Good Sleep Feels Like? You Will, after you Find Your Sciatica Relief Pillow

Sleeping with sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain is no easy feat. No matter what you do, you always seem to end up in pain. Whether it is upper back pain, lower back pain, or sciatic nerve pain, it hurts.

Sometimes it seems like that sciatica relief and low back pain relief will never come.

But there is good news, you can have that sciatica pain relief that you need so badly. The secret is in finding the sciatica relief pillow that is right for you.

What should you be looking for in a sciatica relief pillow?

Many people do not realize this, but a pillow can help low back pain, upper back pain, and sciatic nerve pain immensely. The key lies in how well the pillow supports the head and neck. When the head and neck are not supported, this places strain not only on the neck, but also on the spine.

The result? There is a great strain placed on your spine. And this usually contributes greatly to sciatic nerve pain when sleeping.

If the neck is supported correctly, the spine will not feel any pull and the sciatic nerve will not become irritated. The result? You can kiss your morning dose of sciatic nerve pain goodbye.

What Sciatica Relief Pillow Options do You Have?

There are many pillows that claim to help lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain. The problem is that many times, these pillows are firm enough to support the neck but too firm for your head to be comfortable. Or the reverse happens and the pillow has enough cushion for your head but not enough to support your neck.

There are two pillows people searching for sciatica pain relief love:

1 – Memory Foam Pillow – the memory foam pillow is not a light purchase. A really nice one can cost almost a hundred dollars. But it is well worth the price. The memory foam pillow curves up a little at the bottom so your neck can have the support it needs. But the rest of the pillow sits just a little lower to keep your head comfortable.

Besides the cost, the only downside to the memory foam pillow is that it is huge. Very hard to travel with. But I have to say, I love mine.

2 – Buckwheat Pillow – this is a little cheaper than the memory foam pillow, but it is still an amazing sciatica relief pillow. Filled with buckwheat hulls, the buckwheat pillow can be conformed naturally to your head and neck. Many people looking for sciatica pain relief love the buckwheat pillow, although to be honest I have never tried one personally.

When you are looking for a sciatica relief pillow, my best advice would be to go into the sciatic nerve pain relief forums and see what others are saying. Forums are a great way to connect with others who are going through the frustration of sciatic nerve pain.

Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headache? Give Dorn Spinal Therapy a Go!

Dorn Spinal Therapy was developed by a gentleman by the name of Dieter Dorn in Germany in the 1970’s. Mr. Dorn, a farmer, had no medical training and sought out treatment for relief of his long term back pain. He had the fortune to meet a healer who performed a gentle procedure on him that eased his pain by helping vertebrae and joints sliding back into proper alignment. He then decided to learn the technique himself, help friends and family suffering from bad backs, and eventually teach it to others. Only slowly but steadily this new treatment approach is taking on its journey outside of the European border into Australia, the United States and Asia. Unless you keep up on all of the latest alternative treatement news, this is probably the first time you are hearing about it.

As most of the literature on Dorn Spinal Therapy is in various European languages, it has taken a while to get the information translated and distributed to English speaking countries. The Internet gets most of the credit for the increasing awareness of this exciting procedure now. This treatment can offer relief to anyone suffering the effects of a dysfunctional alignment in their spine. Studies have shown that these dysfunctions can cause restricted movement, pain, headaches, tinnititus and other ailments. If you suffer from back or neck pain, you know what it means to have restricted movement and just what a negative effect it can have on your quality of life. Chiropractic treatments are the most popular form of treatment for back pain in the USA, Australia and UK, but it has its drawbacks as many back pain sufferers might have experienced. Within the medical establishment in the United States and most developed countries, alternative treatments for back problems do not get the respect they deserve and therefore those of us wanting natural treatments must seek them out or find a knowledgeable practitioner to guide us. There are hardly any chiropractors making us aware of a different treatment that they do not provide.

With chiropractic treatments vertebrae are forced into place, while the Dorn technique encourages alignment using the natural movements of the patient. For example, if you are suffering from lower back pain, the practitioner would instruct you to swing one of your legs and at the same time he or she would use light pressure to push the vertebrae into alignment. Having the patient use a muscle at the time pressure is applied makes this method extremely safe because when the muscle is engaged it will not allow the vertebrae to move too far. Will Dorn Spinal Therapy help you? There is only one way to find out.

Whether you are seeking relief from lower back pain, neck pain or even stress relief, Dorn Spinal Therapy is one treatment you should look into. This gentle, natural treatment leaves most patients pain free within only three treatments. And even if you have been told you need back surgery because there is nothing that can help you, you might want to think again and look for a Dorn practitioner to give this treatment a go before undergoing final surgery. You would not be the first one to be spared from surgery and live a happy, painfree life after discovering the power of this treatment.

Back Pain and Slipped Disc Treatments Without Surgery

Approximately, 80% of the population will experience lower back pain once in their lifetime, while two-thirds of the population will experience neck pain. As ridiculous as it may seem, the ugly truth about slipped disc problems is that they are increasing at an alarming rate. Back pain and neck pain are the most causes of immobility in people under 45 years old. It is now very prevalent and not only found in elderly, or after a traumatic event.

A slipped disc can happen throughout the whole spine but is most common in the cervical and lumbar region. Improper posture, excessive or prolonged axial weight-bearing activities are the culprits. In other words, prolonged sitting or lifting and carrying of bulky objects that cause uneven distribution of weight across your spinal joint or the spinal discs. Over time, axial loading (sitting or carrying heavy loads) can dehydrate your spinal disc. Dehydration of the spinal disc is the leading cause of herniated or protruded discs.

As the disc dehydrate (loss of fluids), the outer rim of the disc becomes brittle or weak. A weak spinal disc is a susceptible damage. A dehydrated, damaged spinal disc can cause the nucleus pulposus to “slip out” or rupture through. When it happens, it can pinch the spinal cord or the exiting spinal nerves. Compressed or pinched spinal cord spinal nerves can be quite painful. In addition to pain, tingling, and numbness sensation may be felt in the legs, arms or the upper back.

There are two major treatment options available to treat slipped disc problems; surgically or non-surgical. The conventional surgical procedure performed on slipped disc patient is discectomy or laminectomy. Contrary to the common belief, surgery is not a cure, and most will suffer from similar issues again. Recurrent conditions, according to surgeons may require additional surgical interventions. Recurrent disc herniation is not uncommon at all, and can occur directly after back surgery or a few years later, although they are most common in the first three months after surgery.

Moreover, after surgery, the patient is at higher risk of further relapses (15% to 20% chance). Some patients ended up having 2 or more operations on the same or a nearby segment. We have had many patients that have had three or more surgical interventions on their low back, who still had pain.

The first few years after the surgery, one may feel very comfortable and relieved. The unfortunate reality is that the effectiveness of the spinal surgery does not last. Pain, paresthesia, stiffness, and numbness are most likely to come back haunting patients.

The good news is, slipped disc and back pain are treatable without the need for drugs, injections or surgery. You do not have to go through painful treatments to get better. To date, NSD Therapy is the best non-surgical treatment for the spine. NSD Therapy is an integrative therapy method accomplished through advanced spine technology, clinical chiropractic, and targeted physiotherapy. Best of all, there are no hospital stays. Back pain and slipped disc treatments through NSD Therapy was proven effective through serial MRI assessments. So, before opting for surgery, visit an NSD Therapy center near you today.

The Most Effective Lower Back Exercises To Relieve Back Pain

Despite what you might think, rarely is the cause of lower back pain at the site where it hurts. Most people and their therapists think it is. That’s why they want to heat, rub, crunch, vibrate and slice the spot where it is most painful.

In fact you can tell how good a therapist is by watching where they go in the search for the cause of the pain. Just attacking the spot where it hurts sends out a big amber light.

Surprisingly, lower back pain is a merely a symptom that some of the bones in your lower back are out of alignment. Your immediate task is to get them back in alignment. Do that and there’s a good chance the pain will go away.

When the vertebrae move out of alignment, ligaments, tendons and muscles are stretched beyond their pain threshold. The nucleus of discs is squeezed out and the disc collapses. Often the nucleus hits the spinal cord. That’s when the pain really starts. You can’t sneeze or cough without it feeling like there’s a red hot poker being jammed into your back. You can’t bend over the basin to brush your teeth. You can’t bend down to put your socks on.

So what causes the vertebrae in your lower back to move out of alignment?

Answer! If the pelvis has moved out of alignment, it’s highly likely the bones above it have moved out of alignment as well.

Treat the pelvis as the foundation for the bones that are above it and consider this analogy. If the foundation of your house moves then the walls will crack. You can patch up or paper over the cracks, but you’ll probably have to continue to keep patching and papering until kingdom come. The solution is to underpin (and square up) the foundation so it can’t move.

So the precondition for a spinal column that’s in alignment is a pelvis that’s in alignment.

So what causes the pelvis to move out of alignment?

Answer! Tight calf, hamstring, buttock and hip flexor muscles.

Which brings us back to the question of what are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain?

Answer! Flexibility exercises that impact on the alignment of the pelvis, particularly exercises that loosen off tight calf, hamstring, buttock and hip flexor muscles.

But that’s not the full story. You also need to strengthen the whole musculo-skeletal ecosystem by regularly going to the gym and working out – or if you’re averse to lifting weights start on a regular and systematic strength training program at home that includes situps, pressups, squats and the Superman back arch.

It makes sense to have a body strong enough to keep the bones of your spinal column in correct alignment.

Interestingly one of the best predictors of risk of lower back pain is the ability to do pressups. While you’re doing pressups the muscles of your trunk are all being strengthened, front, back and core.

If you’re looking for targets for situps, pressups and squats, 20 of each is good, 30 is better and 40 is best. Build the Superman back arch up to a couple of minutes of gentle ups and downs without your chest or legs touching the floor.

The last piece of the lower back exercise jigsaw is some relaxing exercises to settle the spinal column down, exercises where you lie on your back with both legs bent at 90 degrees and the lower legs supported by an ottoman. This is known in the trade as the static back exercise and lying in this position for 20 minutes will bring temporary relief from back pain, and over the weeks and months assist the vertebrae to gradually get back into better alignment.

Another relaxing posture using the ottoman is lying on the floor with one leg on the ottoman and the other outstretched on the flood for 20 minutes – then change legs. This is the supine groin stretch. Over 20 minutes the hip flexor muscles will gradually relax and over the weeks and months allow your vertebrae to move back into better alignment.

If you’re diligent you’ll spend a couple of hours on the floor each evening while you watch TV, read a book or just drift off with the faeries doing the flexibility exercises and the relaxation exercises.

The strength exercises you can do after you’ve been for a walk, shuffle, jog, swim, cycle… in the morning.

Now just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, your lower back pain wasn’t caused in a day. For most people it happens over decades, due to a poor sitting posture and lack of strength and flexibility exercises. Being 20 or more Kg over weight doesn’t help matters.

Neither will back pain be cured in a day. Depending on how far out of alignment your pelvis and the bones above it are, it may take a couple of months for you to experience real relief and up to a year before you can say, ‘I no longer have lower back pain.’

But the good news is that if you start doing something now, there’s an 80% chance for 80% of people that they will get themselves back to 80% of good nick within a year. If you’ve got back pain them’s good odds.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and make an immediate start on a serious strength and flexibility training program.

Fix Back Pain

There’s an epidemic of musculo-skeletal dysfunction in our community. Ask any group of people Who here has either got a crook back, stiff neck, ‘cold’ shoulder, bung hip, game leg, dicky knee or sore wrist?’ and at least 50% of people will put their hand up.

The good news is that in 80% of cases it’s not a medical problem, it’s a fitness problem. Chances are you’re not strong enough or flexible enough to keep your body in good alignment. The solution? You need a good strength and flexibility training program to straighten yourself up. There are two key principles involved here.

  1. Tight muscles pull bones out of alignment. That’s the bad news. The good news is that by loosening tight muscles the bones to go back into alignment. If you do the right exercises, long enough and often enough, there’s a better than even chance you’ll straighten yourself up. Poor function will be restored to good. You’ll start to feel better. Your pain will go away. All you have to do is find the right exercises.
  2. The cause of the pain is rarely at the site of the pain – so a rub down, crunch, electric shock and a hot wheat bag on the spot where it hurts may give you some temporary relief but won’t treat the cause of the problem. Over the years it will just get worse.

With lower back pain there’s a chain of dysfunction. Tight calf, hamstring and buttock muscles take your pelvis out of alignment. When that happens, the bones above it are taken out of alignment as well. It puts pressure on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs in your lower back. They ‘feel the pinch.’ You tell people you’ve got a crook back.

If you can loosen up your calf, hamstring and buttock muscles and get your self sitting up straighter. you’ll square your pelvis up and take the pressure off the bones of your lower back. Then there’s that better than even chance that millimeter by millimeter, your lower back pain will start to go away. In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and if it’s weak strengthen it; if it’s tight loosen it.