If you’ve ever suffered from back pain that radiates down your legs, you’ve experienced sciatica. The term refers to inflammation and irritation in the sciatic nerve, the nerve which runs from the back down to the legs and is the longest in the body. Sciatica mostly occurs as a result of inflammation in the nerve, but can sometimes be also caused by compression in it.
Spinal herniation, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease are all possible causes of sciatica, as is pressure on the sciatic nerve by a muscle in the buttocks. About 5% of the adult American population suffers from the painful condition which sadly can’t be relieved by a host of painkillers. Luckily, there are many yoga poses that can relieve the pain and treat the root of the problem.
Are you suffering from sciatica?
If you suspect you’re suffering from the condition, you only need to look at the symptoms. Sciatica manifests through pain in the lower back and legs, tingling in the lower extremities, weakness in the knees and muscles, the inability to flex your ankles, slow reflexes in the legs and loss of feeling in your legs. If you’ve recognized one or more symptoms on the list, we suggest visiting a doctor as soon as possible.
Yoga stretches as sciatica treatment
As you probably already know, yoga is an ancient spiritual practice which involves the use of certain poses in order to treat health problems. The practice can help in the cases of sciatica as well, but we suggest consulting with a doctor first in order not to aggravate the pain. Before doing the poses, we suggest stretching. Never push your body beyond its limits during yoga as you can hurt yourself.
The yoga poses are especially effective if your sciatica is a result of some kind of muscle problem. The best part about the poses is that they are free and easy to perform anytime and anywhere. There are hundreds of instructional videos online you can consult, and we strongly recommend the following one:
Besides this video, you can also search for sciatica yoga poses online. There are many websites which can recommend a nice set of exercises and yoga poses you can use to get some much-needed relief from the pain.