The sciatic nerve is a larger nerve that runs from the spinal column in the lower back, behind the hip joint, down the buttock and the back of the leg to the foot. Sciatica is pain that is caused by irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Change in sensation or leg strength can also be disturbed by sciatica.
It is found to affect 1 to 10% of the population in the United States and is most common in those from age 25 to 45. (myVMC)
I personally began suffering from debilitating sciatica pain eight years ago, when I was in my late twenties, due to my 9-5 desk job. These simple exercises can certainly help! It is important to keep in mind that everybody is different. For some, swimming really helps. For me, riding a bicycle consistently is by far the best thing I can do for sciatica. When my bike is not around, though, these types of exercises provide relief. The main thing is that you move, get the blood flowing and don’t sit in the same spot for too long.
According to Spine-Health, these are the most common symptoms of sciatica:
- Lower back pain.
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg, but rarely both the right and left sides.
- Pain that originates in the low back or buttock and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve – down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot.
- Pain that feels better when patients lie down or are walking, but worsens when standing or sitting.
- Pain that is typically described as sharp or searing, rather than dull.
- Some experience a “pins-and-needles” sensation, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg.
- Weakness or numbness when moving the leg or foot.
- Severe or shooting pain in one leg that may make it difficult to stand up or walk.
- Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain and other symptoms may also include foot pain or pain in the toes.
Sciatica complications are dreadful and can often last for weeks.
Take a look at the video below to learn how to relieve one’s self from sciatica pain in less than a minute. The “Up & Down” motion they show is particularly effective. Feel free to mix up the leg movements, as much as the body will allow. Sometimes I’ll pretend to be riding my bike, as I lay on my back.
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