Looking For Ways To Reduce Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain is a very common problem affecting millions of people every day. From tingling in the feet to lower back pain, sciatica presents itself in many ways. But what can we do about it? How can reduce the pain and make our days more enjoyable? Below are some simple and quick exercises that you can do to improve your sciatic pain.
Read on, try these for yourself, and share your experiences with us.
What Causes Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain can be cause by herniation in your lumbar spine – this is the part of your spine that curves inward, near you lower-middle back. This is serious and you should consult a doctor about this immediately. But nearly 70 percent of sciatica cases are caused by piriformis. This muscle is one of a few small deep hip rotators that you use to turn your thigh out.
Reducing pain in your sciatica
In order to reduce pain in your sciatica, particularly if your pain is caused by the piriformis, there are a few back stretches you can perform that originate in yoga to help with stretch your lower back to help prevent or stop sciatica pain.
The Standing Back Twist
This is a great pose for people who aren’t bendy enough to start with some of these other poses. Put your foot up on a chair, and place the outside of your opposite hand on your raised knee (left hand to right knee or right hand to left knee) Place your other hand on your hip. Turning your upper body while keeping your hips facing forward hold the position for thirty seconds, then switch. Don’t push past where your comfortable.
The Two Knee Twist
Lie on your back. Splay your arms to form a capital “T”. Keeping your shoulders on the floor, turn your knees out to one side. Keep your shoulders on the floor. Hold the position for a minute, then alternate sides.
The Twisted Lunge
This is a trickier pose, but really opens your hips. Step one leg forward, bend at the knee. The other leg should stay out behind you. Try to keep your feet one leg’s length apart. Turning your back, place your opposite elbow on the outside your bent knee. Bring your palms together. Hold for thirty seconds.
The easiest pose on this list. Get down on your hands and knees, the rock your seat back onto your heels, leaving your hands on the floor in front of you. Hold for as long as you like. Don’t fall asleep like this, your legs won’t forgive you.
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