Do you experience pain that radiates down from your lower back into your leg? If so, the sciatic nerve may be involved. The good news is that most people’s sciatica pain can be managed and can even improve without any invasive procedures. Yes, you can actually get sciatica pain treatment at home, and it’s effective.
Let’s learn more about sciatic nerve pain and how the Chirp Wheel+ can ease your sciatica pain symptoms.
What Is Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain is pain that branches from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and down the back of one of your legs to the thigh, knee, or calf (tracing the path of the sciatic nerve). The cause of this pain is often a herniated disk, bone spur (overgrowth of bone), or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine). Any of these can compress on the sciatic nerve, which results in inflammation, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and pain.
The pain can vary widely, and may feel like any of the following:
A mild ache
A burning sensation
A jolt or electric shock
A sharp or excruciating pain
Risk Factors for Experiencing Sciatica Nerve Pain
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase your chance of experiencing sciatica:
Age, which can cause changes in the spine
Obesity, which increases stress on the spine
Occupation, whether you are required to twist your spine, carry heavy loads, or drive a vehicle for long periods of time
Sedentary lifestyle or prolonged sitting, which weakens your muscles
Diabetes, which increases your risk of nerve damage
What Is the Chirp Wheel+?
The Chirp Wheel+ (previously named the Plexus Wheel+) is a back and sciatica pain treatment you can use at home. Its 5” width is the perfect size for massaging your neck, fitting between your shoulder blades to reach those hard-to-reach spots all the way down past the small of your back where sciatica nerve pain originates.
The groove that runs down the center of the wheel provides a 4-way stretch, both lengthwise and widthwise, for the muscles that run alongside your spine. So when your sciatic nerve spasms, the Chirp Wheel+ with its patented spinal canal and proprietary Compression Sensitive Padding™ will open up your back muscles for comfort and relaxation, calming the pain.
How Can the Chirp Wheel+ Offer Sciatica Pain Relief?
It’s important to know that even though sciatica pain hurts, it’s likely not doing your body any harm. While surgery or injections are an option for people having severe and long-lasting sciatic nerve pain, they are often more drastic and risky procedures than what is normally required. Usually, treatment is geared toward managing pain and keeping the body active while it does its job to fix itself.
The pain lasts longer than a week, gets worse, or is severe.
You have sudden severe pain, numbness, or muscle weakness in your lower back or upper leg.
The pain is the result of an injury (such as an accident).
You have trouble controlling your bladder or bowels.
For preventing sciatica pain from happening in the first place, there are three things you can do:
Keep your back and core strong by exercising regularly. The lower back and abdomen muscles need to support your every activity, and building their strength will help keep your back in tip-top shape. It should be mentioned that the Chirp Wheel+ is a great back-strengthening tool.
Maintain proper posture when you sit by choosing a seat with good lower back support, or place a small pillow or the deep tissue Chirp Wheel+ behind the small of your back so it can maintain its natural curve. Try to keep your knees and hips level with both feet resting on the ground.
Practice good lifting techniques. Lift using the muscles in your legs, bending your knees rather than straining and bending your back. Don’t lift and twist at the same time, and find a helper if the object is heavy or awkward.
If you are already experiencing sciatic pain, the good news is that the Chirp Wheel+ can help with sciatic nerve pain relief. If you need sciatica treatment at home, doing the following exercise 3–5 times a day for just a few minutes each time can offer you the relief you need.
Simply rest your lower spine in the groove of the Chirp Wheel+, either while lying down on the floor or while standing up against a wall. If you are on the floor, start with your feet flat on the floor. Gently roll up and down the length of your spine. This will loosen up your muscles and help release any pent-up nerves. Breathe slowly and stop rolling in a spot that feels like it needs extra attention. Hold there and relax for 3–5 breaths.
Or, follow the example of Maria S. and her husband:
“...My husband and I both start with the initial spine cracking—to get that out of the way. The adjustments are always nice but they’re secondary to what this wheel is capable of. Then we move to a neck stretch—no weight. Just slouch down on the wheel until you feel a little neck pull.
Then we move to our upper backs/shoulder blades—we like to focus on relieving muscle tension here. Moving very slowly.
About mid-back onward, where it moves from thoracic to lumbar is where the magic happens. We move one vertebrae at a time, holding the position for a few deep breaths and forcing your muscles to let go. Fully relaxing is challenging. That’s why we spend a good amount of time per vertebrae.
At the very end of the spine, your head is likely resting on the ground now, we relax our legs straight and hold this position.
When we’re ready to come out of it we move with the wheel very very slowly and immediately lie flat with legs bent to keep the spine straight.
The openness and fluidity you’ll feel in your back after this stretch is unlike anything we’ve ever felt. The whole process should take 15 minutes at the minimum. It sounds like a long time but for the relief you’ll feel it’s worth it. To say we’re addicted to our chirp wheel is an understatement . . . we simply can’t live without it!”
There are a few reasons why this simple stretch works so well and feels so good. First, the Chirp Wheel+ works with the natural curvature of your spine so you aren’t tweeking it out of place. Second, the four-way stretch gently pulls the muscles alongside your spine both vertically and horizontally, which really warms and opens them up. Finally, this posture also opens up the front and sides of your body, where tension also builds up and transfers to your back.
How to Choose the Right Chirp Wheel+ for Sciatica Pain Treatment
There are three different sizes of Chirp Wheel+ to choose from when mobilizing your spine to relieve your sciatica pain, but which is best . . . the 12” gentle, 10” medium, or 6” deep tissue? Here’s a guide to help:
Choose the 12” Gentle wheel for these reasons:
You want to challenge your back flexibility and core strength
You want to correct poor posture
You prefer gentle massages
Choose the 10” Medium wheel for these reasons:
The deep tissue wheel is too deep of a massage and the gentle wheel is too gentle
You need a mix of the 12” and 6” wheels
Choose the 6” Deep Tissue wheel for these reasons:
You want to target one specific spot
You need to roll out muscles on your legs
You prefer deep tissue massages
All of the wheels replace foam rollers by massaging deeply into your muscles. The wheels are also easy to travel with, fitting in almost any suitcase.
Each wheel can easily support up to 500 lbs, so no matter your height and weight, there is a wheel that will fit you comfortably and support your every stretch.
If you’re ready for sciatica pain relief, order your Chirp Wheel+ today!