Radiating pain from sciatica can be particularly difficult to handle, and it can also be debilitating. It will not get better from resting, unlike other forms of pain. Any exercises and stretching can aid in the healing process while also relieving pain. Regularly, a person is likely to get the best results from these exercises. These are seven exercises that people can do to reduce the pain and tightness in the sciatic nerve and the immediate area. The exercises include stretching, exercises, and exercises that may speed up the process of recovery and help alleviate pain in the area.
Is Exercise Good For Sciatica
People with sciatic nerve pain and tightness may find that certain exercises and stretching techniques can help relieve pain and tightness in the sciatic nerve and the immediate area. Although sciatica generally resolves in time, these exercises can expedite the healing process.
How Do Exercises Help With Sciatica?
According to the BMJ, healthcare professionals should see exercise as the primary component of noninvasive therapy. The reason for this is that, unlike other forms of injury, sciatica pain can be more effective at training than rest. In addition, exercising regularly after the pain goes away may help prevent it from returning.
Factors that contribute to sciatica symptoms include: Exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in the affected area, as well as stronger muscles, and stronger muscles can be a contributing factor. According to study published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, targeted exercises can help maintain the backbone and increase mobility in its movements. They may be able to relieve pressure on the disks near the sciatic nerve in this manner. Increased blood circulation to the muscles and nerves in the area. While promoting the movement of chemicals and inflammation away from the area, improved blood flow has helped move fresh blood and nutrients to the area. Improved soft tissue health Regular mobilization exercises for sciatica can help to restore the soft tissues in the disks and keep them healthy. According to study, the spinal disks may have a more effective exchange of nutrients and liquid during exercise. As a result, prolonged disuse and reduced physical activity may be detrimental to the disks. Improved nerve health A 2016 report found that targeted exercises for sciatica improved nerve mobility by increasing flexibility in the nerve and reducing stiffness and sensitivity.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to a specific kind of nerve pain along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back to the hips before branching down each leg. In some regions, the nerve can grow up to 2 centimeters in diameter. Sciatica is most noticeable on one leg and the same side of the body, depending on where the nerve pinch occurs. The signs include a radiating pain that may cause tingling or numbness in the area, including near the butt, the back of the leg, or the feet and toes. The impacted area may also be less than average. In some instances, a person may also suffer back pain, but this may be secondary to the more painful pain in the sciatic nerve. Learn more about sciatica here.
You Skip Stretching
If Dr. Wu suspects a tight piriformis muscle is compressing your sciatic nerve, it’s vital that you stretch it. This little muscle masses deep inside your butt, behind the massive gluteus maximus. It begins at the lower back and connects to each thighbone. It’s helpful in turning your hip and foot outward. So yoga stretches such as Pigeon and Lizard Lunge are great ways to get to it.
You’Re Not Giving It Enough Time
Exercise is a better option than bed rest in terms of relieving sciatica pain, but this treatment takes time. In addition, the exercises you choose should not only address your immediate symptoms, but also include steps to prevent it from recurring or worsening in the future. Dr. Wu can help you choose exercises that stretch and strengthen your glutes and core to reduce compression, balance muscle contraction, and pain relief.
If sciatica pain is affecting your active lifestyle, call the office or click on the online calendar to make an appointment.