People suffering from sciatica know how painful it can be. The sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in the body, going from the hips and buttocks down to the toes. Due to the wear and tear, the nerve gets damaged over time, which causes symptoms such as sharp pain, difficulty moving, a tingling sensation in the legs and difficulty sitting and standing.

People over 30 are more prone to nerve inflammation and sciatica, although the condition is more common in pregnant women and the elderly. The pain is usually caused by a combination of inflammation and the loss of flexibility, which is why it hurts so much when you try to move. Conventional medications do nothing for the pain, but luckily for you, we’ll show you a few exercises that will improve your condition and reduce the pain.

Exercise #1

Lay down on a yoga mat on the floor on your back, then bend your leg like in the picture.

Now hold the other leg and pull it toward your shoulders, then keep the position for 30 seconds when you feel the stretch. Take a couple minute break and repeat the process twice more.

Exercise #2

Lay on a yoga mat on your back, then extend one leg and bend the other, bringing your knee to the chest. Keep the pelvis near the ground and feel the stretch in your bent leg. Hold the position for half a minute then go back to the original position and repeat the process 2 times.

Although the exercises are great against sciatica, make sure to perform them after consulting a doctor.

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