This week’s video is a series of sciatica exercises to relieve pain, which can range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. Sciatica is pain that can travel along the sciatica nerve from your hip all the way down to your heel. It is the longest nerve in your body and, if irritated, can cause numbness, tingling and/or pain down the back of your leg. It generally affects only one leg.
There are a number of possible sciatica causes:
- A herniated disc
- Bone spur or arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Tight piriformis, hamstrings, quads, or calves
- Prolonged sitting, and more
Whatever the cause, it can be painful and frustrating. Most sciatica pain will resolve within a few days or a week. If not, or if the pain becomes intense, it may be time for a visit to the doctor to attack the underlying cause.
In the meantime, try some of these sciatica exercises and stretches throughout your day to see if you can ease some of that pain.
I hope they will.