If you do any sort of exercise, you know that stretching offers invaluable help for your aching muscles. Stretching can let the tension release, can help your muscles warm up, and allow your body to cool down, too. Plus, stretching before and after an exercise session can be a good way to work out any kinks that may be bothering you. Simple Exercises for Sciatica Relief
But stretching isn’t just about exercise relief. Stretching may also be great for other types of pain, including that caused by the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is a term that describes leg pain that travels from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the leg. Living with sciatica can mean constant discomfort and pain. A sneeze, cough, laugh or the slightest bend in the wrong direction can aggravate the pain—which feels like a mild tingling, weakness, aching, or burning.
The sciatic nerve is a very large nerve that originates in about the buttock area; when irritated, sciatic pain, also called sciatica, can run down the leg and all the way into the foot, causing burning, irritation, numbness, and more. Although other therapies exist, stretching is a good way to relieve some sciatic pain. This graphic explains the exercises that help. Simple Exercises for S
There are a number of ways people end up with sciatica—from herniated discs to arthritis, spasms, and injuries—and there is more than one-way to treat it. Epidurals, nerve root blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radio frequency ablation (RFA) are just a few ways to help manage the pain and discomfort. Stretches offer a less invasive option that can be done just about anywhere. Read on to learn more about sciatica plus stretches that can help relieve the pain. Simple Exercises for Sciatica Relief
As a co-owner of Senior.com, Kimberly Johnson is passionate about providing Seniors with the resources and products to live well. Kimberly is a seasoned caregiver to her family and breast cancer survivor. Her father battled ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, for 13 months before passing. Today Kimberly lives in Southern California near her 102 year old grandmother, widowed mother, a mentally disabled sister and second sister who is also a breast cancer survivor. She is happily married to her husband of 22 years and they have 3 children.View All Articles