Stretches for Sciatica
Sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating for people. As people age, sciatic pain may arise from simple movements because of the fragility of the body and the nerves. However, sciatic pain can affect people of all ages.
Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, runs down each leg, and ends in the feet. Under normal circumstances, sciatica only affects one leg, but in rare cases pain may travel down both legs. Sciatica is typically caused by compression to the sciatic nerve that occurs from conditions such as herniated disk or spinal stenosis, which produce inflammation in the surrounding tissues.
Most sciatic pain can be relieved through chiropractic care or other forms of alternative medicine without having to undergo a surgical procedure. Sciatica may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but people whose symptoms last longer and begin to cause conditions such as leg weakness or changes in bowel and bladder movements, it is strongly recommended to seek medical attention.
Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, and Physical Therapists have mentioned the benefit of stretching to help relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. The ability to stretch depends on your condition. To help with pain relief, some people find comfort in stretching the legs and lower back as a way of reducing the inflammation associated with sciatica. Here are some good stretches that may help you find relief. Remember, these stretches do not stand as medical advice.
- Reclining Pigeon Pose
The Pigeon Pose is a common Yoga position that helps to open the hips. Although there are several versions of this stretch, this position can help relieve pressure from the back and inner parts of the leg.
The Knee-to-Chest stretch can help to align the pelvis. This position can also help stretch the lower back and rear end muscles. This stretch is great for relieving sciatic pain in the buttocks and lower back.
- Knee to Opposite Shoulder
The Knee-to-Opposite-Shoulder Stretch is a simple stretch that helps relieve sciatica pain by loosening the gluteal and piriformis muscles. These muscles can become inflamed and press against the sciatic nerve.
- Reclining Spinal Twist
Sciatica is caused when parts of the spine are compressed against the sciatic nerve because of inflammation, injury, or some form of stenosis. The Reclining Spinal Twist may help create space in the spine to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Standing Hamstring Stretch
The Standing Hamstring Stretch can help to ease pain and tightness in the hamstring caused by sciatica. Since the sciatic nerve travels down both legs, it is common for pain to be caused by inflamed hamstrings. Try this stretch for relief.
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