Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Contour Leg Pillow Helps Sciatica Pain and Herniated Disc Pain

Non-Surgical Treatment for Sciatica Pain, Spinal Stenosis and Disc Herniation

Low Back Pain – Most everyone will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Other associated pains include burning, tingling and numbness in legs, buttocks and thighs. Common causes of these low back pains include disc herniation, sciatica and spinal stenosis. These back and spine conditions can be exasperated while sleeping, especially on one's side.

These ailments are sometimes caused by robust physical activities, injury, and over-exertion. However, for all of us age and activities of normal life contribute to low back pain. As we proceed through life, our joints, muscles and bones all change in composition, ability and interaction. As people get older, common conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis can affect the whole body. Some can affect remaining life cycles and some are temporary conditions which can be improved with shorter term treatments. Hiow we treat these conditions can vary widely; including surgical procedures, pysical therapy and many non-surgical options for reducing pain.

These back and spine conditions can be exasperated while sleeping, especially on one's side. Side sleeping is the preferred position for optimum back posture and alignment. Unfortunately, sleeping on your side can cause ther problems. Patients may aggravate low back pains associated with sciatica, disc herniation, and ruptured and/or bulging discs.

When sleeping on your side, your legs may not stay aligned, and the leg on top can drop forward slightly, moving and resting in a lower vertical position, causing an unhealthy rotation of your pelvis. This position can cause a series of problems such as:

1. First, extra pressure is placed on the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) thereby causing sciatica pain.
2. Next, when the pelvis rotates (see dropped upper leg described above), a twisting force is placed on your lower vertebrae and discs. This can effect the lumbar area of the lower back region all the way up to the thoracic region of your spine, or middle of the back.
3. Third, the twisting of the spine can cause the muscles and tendons in the back to tighten and place undue stress on spinal ligaments
4. Lastly, Spinal stenosis and related pains are going to be more sensitive to improper alignment and stability while sleeping.

There is help for side sleepers with disc herniation, sciatica and spinal stenosis and low back pain - use the Contour Leg Pillow to help place the lower spine in proper alignment and maintain proper posture throughout the night.

This simple but effective Leg Pillow can immediately stabilize your pelvis (by reducing the twisting), reduce stress on your sacroiliac joints, muscles and ligaments. It’s amazing how much this simple pillow can help sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain.