How to Ease Sciatica Pain
Suddenly you have a pain running from your lower back or hip radiating to the back of your thigh and leg. If it’s on one side and it hurts like mad, it’s probably sciatica. But there are exercises you can do to help get you back on track.
First a few facts about sciatica: In addition to excruciating pain, you may also experience weakness, a "pins and needles" numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation down your leg. Usually the source of the pain is a swelling (herniated) back disc that places pressure on the sciatic nerve. Around one in every fifty of us will experience a herniated disk at some point in our lives. One quarter of these cases can last more than six weeks.
Before you attempt any of the suggested sciatica exercises, speak to a doctor. In fact, it’s always a good rule of thumb to get approval from your health care provider before trying any new exercises for sciatica nerve pain.
BACK STRETCH Lie flat on your back on the floor. Bring both your knees towards your chest. Next, wrap your arms around your legs and then place pressure on the area just beneath your knees. Hold for as long as is comfortable. This exercise offers your lower back a healing stretch. Release immediately if you feel increased pain.