Sciatica refers to the pain that follows through the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the pelvic region into the hips, buttock, and down the leg. Sciatica commonly affects one side of the body.
Sciatica is often the result if an underlying issue. If you feel that you may suffer from sciatic pain, consult with your primary care physician for a proper diagnosis before trying other treatments.
These exercises are meant to ease the discomfort of sciatic pain and are not to be considered a treatment. Always consult your care provider before trying any new exercises. When starting out, always be gentle on your body. Know your limits. These stretches are not meant to be painful.
- Knee to chest: Lay on a flat surface, with your head supported. Bend your knees, and plant your feet firmly on the ground, in line with your hips. Slowly, bring one knee to your chest. Use your hands to pull your knee in towards your body. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this action on the other side. You will feel a stretch in your low back, upper thigh and abdomen.
- Deep Stretch: Lay on a flat surface with your head supported. Bend your knees, and plant your feet on the ground, in line with your hips. Bend your right leg, and lay your right foot on your left thigh just below the knee. Grab your left thigh and gently pull your left leg towards your body. You will feel a slight stretch.
All bodies are different. Do not push yourself beyond what you can handle as it could potentially cause further damage. Always consult your doctor before engaging in any new exercise routine.