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Sciatica Pain Relief: Yoga To The Rescue

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The Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve, the largest single nerve in the body, runs from the lower back, down the back of each leg and is composed of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and combine to form the sciatic nerve. Among various sciatica pain relief measures, yoga is considered to be the most effective way of handling sciatica pain.

Sciatica Is Not A Disease

Sciatica (sigh-at-ih-kah) in itself is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying medical condition and is referred as one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in the lower back….one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • Difficulty in standing up or walking.

 [Read: Yoga Practices during Pregnancy]

Most Common Causes Of Sciatica

  • Lumbar herniated disc: Sometimes referred to as a slipped disc, ruptured disc, bulging disc, protruding disc, or a pinched nerve.
  • Degenerative disc disease: Diagnosed when a weakened disc results in excessive micro-motion at that spinal level, and inflammatory proteins from inside the disc become exposed and irritate the area.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis: Small stress fracture results in a vertebral body to slip forward on another.
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis: Characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Piriformis syndrome: Caused by the piriformis muscle pinches a nerve root of the sciatic nerve.
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: Caused by irritation of the sacroiliac joint.
  • Pregnancy:Weight gain, a shift on one’s center of gravity, and hormonal changes, can cause sciatica during pregnancy.
  • Scar tissue: Occurs when a scar tissue compresses the nerve root.
  • Muscle strain: Inflammation from a muscle strain can put pressure on a nerve root.
  • Spinal tumor: Tumors in the lower back can pinch nerve root.

[Read: Herbal Treatments for Sciatica]

Possible Treatment Options

Most doctors recommend bed rest. Other treatment options for sciatica include medications to relieve pain and inflammation (including oral and injectable cortisone) and relax muscles, massage and physical therapy. Lower back conditioning and sciatica stretches help alleviate the symptoms of sciatica. Surgical procedures can sometimes be required for persisting sciatica that is caused by nerve compression at the lower spine.

How To Relieve Sciatica Pain By Yoga Poses?

This instructional video below provides simple Yoga stretches for sciatica pain relief

Cristina Jurach

Cristina Jurach is nutritionist and Ayurvedic practitioner. She is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

Cristina Jurach

Cristina Jurach is nutritionist and Ayurvedic practitioner. She is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

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KevinBrowne
KevinBrowne 5pts

I had sciatica for almost 2 years and was unable to sit and walk without atrocious pain. Chiropractors, acupuncture didn't help me at all. The situation was really bad. However, one day I scrolled through facebook and accidentally found an alternative treatment. It's an e-book that was created by former sciatica sufferer. He claimed that he cured his severe sciatica in one week at his home. Of course, I was skeptical about it, but I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a go (by the way, you can find it here - http://fixsciatica.info/getreport ). After reading it, I didn't believe that combining some specific stretches with home remedies can help me to deal with sciatica, but I started following it and surprisingly after first session my pain was almost gone! It didn't last long until my sciatica went away permanently! So from now on, I recommend everyone who have sciatica to practice specific stretches, look into alternative treatment methods and hope for the best :)

arjunaaa
arjunaaa 5pts

Bless you .. i used to do the stretch lying down and it gave me relief but doing the first stretch you showed just once really opened my hips and walking is much easier. Thank you

SaurabhYadav1
SaurabhYadav1 5pts

I am suffering with lower back pain from 4-5 months . Today i did some of the exercise that are shown in the video but since then i am feeling more pai  in my back . So should i continue with these exercise or stop doing them? 

AntoinetteSebastien
AntoinetteSebastien 5pts

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JanetConley
JanetConley 5pts

I had sciatica for almost 2 years and was unable to sit and walk without atrocious pain. Chiropractors, acupuncture didn't help me at all. The situation was really bad. However, one day I scrolled through facebook and accidentally found an alternative treatment. It's an e-book that was created by former sciatica sufferer. He claimed that he cured his severe sciatica in one week at his home. Of course, I was skeptical about it, but I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a go (by the way, you can find it here - http://fixsciatica.info/getreport ). After reading it, I didn't believe that combining some specific stretches with home remedies can help me to deal with sciatica, but I started following it and surprisingly after first session my pain was almost gone! It didn't last long until my sciatica went away permanently! So from now on, I recommend everyone who have sciatica to practice specific stretches, look into alternative treatment methods and hope for the best :)

JillDavis
JillDavis 5pts

If you’ve had enough ofsciatica pain ruling your life, don’t despair!In this article, I’m going to show you three of the most common home sciatica treatments – and how you can use them to reduce pain quickly.

The best part about these treatments is that they can cure sciatica – not just cover up the pain.So, let’s get started…

>>>> http://astucesminceur.net/sciatica-treatments/

Jude Rajiv
Jude Rajiv 5pts

The best way to treat is through body weight exercise, through my experience

KaliAponte
KaliAponte 5pts

Please do not do the asana in the picture if you have sciatic pain or injury to your low back.  Also if you saw the video which is no longer here, do not do backbends, you will injure yourself further.  I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher.  Also forward folds are good for your lower back, you just need to protect the lower back when coming out of the posture if it is compromised in any way.  The video is most likely gone now because someone else spoke up about the incorrect information.

AmandaFlowers
AmandaFlowers 5pts

My hips are so tight and my pelvis has an anterior tilt that bakasana is a challenge. Thank you for the video, it has a great sequence. Can you possibly post one for Opening hip flexors?

Carlos Barroso
Carlos Barroso 5pts

Hace unos años si que sufrí de sciatica...espero en Dios no volver a resentir...gracias por la información

Anuradha Grover
Anuradha Grover 5pts

Please follow this, Manisha, this will relieve your pain a lot. Get well soon.

Amor Claire
Amor Claire 5pts

And the leg crossed over the other leg, while turning your body the opposite way helps to..

Amor Claire
Amor Claire 5pts

That pain is so unbearable, my Dr gave me a sheet with different stretching positions, the one that worked for me was lying on my back on hard surface "the floor" with legs straight up against the wall like a sitting position. And stay there for at least 15 minutes

Patricia Mismas
Patricia Mismas 5pts

AnnaMaria Lacchiana some of theses stretches may help

James Fox
James Fox 5pts

Boy, DO I need to know these as I pulled a muscle JUST recently. Thanks SO much!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Start doing them gradually you'll be eased into it :)

Jim Cas
Jim Cas 5pts

I would like try it, but I don't know how to do the proper way? & many mins. or how long will I stay on every position. I have an atritis & I'm gaining wait. I want loosed to wait. plzzzz... help me

Clint Garcia
Clint Garcia 5pts

What if i have a foot drop due to sciatic nerve injury?

Libby Merangel
Libby Merangel 5pts

I just wish I could get I these poses \U0001f615

Alex Houg
Alex Houg 5pts

Robin Ronhaar Roderick you need this

Amit Tiwari
Amit Tiwari 5pts

Mujhe bhi yahi pain hota hai koi upay batayen plz

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kindly refer to the link :)

Zeenat Qazalbash
Zeenat Qazalbash 5pts

I am suffer this pain last 15 years, its very pain full plz help me

Vivian Yanes
Vivian Yanes 5pts

Maybe can help this technics. .Let's try