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
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 :)
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…
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.
I'm 32 and I had suffered from sciatica pain for almost 5 years. The pain was so bad that I don't want to remember that part of my life. Thankfully, my pain is gone.
My friend recommended me an ebook about natural sciatica treatments without painkillers and surgeries. It had a lot of positive feedback from people of all ages. The majority of them claimed that they completely got rid of sciatica pain in one week or less. Comparing how long I suffered from sciatica and how fast I can get a pain relief, I gave it a try. I found it on google and purchased it.
I'm thinking now that I've done the best decision in my life. I carefully followed everything that was written in this ebook, did specific exercises, streches, sleep therapy and my sciatica pain went away 5 days later! I remember I was so happy like child who received a candy! :)
If you are suffering from sciatica pain too, then I've pasted a link below which leads to a review of that ebook:
( just replace * with a dot, I can't post links here, sorry )
Have a great day!
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?
Hace unos años si que sufrí de sciatica...espero en Dios no volver a resentir...gracias por la información
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
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
I’ve been battling lower back pain (Sciatica) for close to 4 years, after a minor car accident, and I had tried everything the doc threw at me…pills, injections, special mattresses… I found a guide in the internet which talks about Sciatica and how to cure it effectively. It was extremely eye opening and within one week of the regimen I could barely feel any discomfort. It really surprised me, that it worked so well. You have no idea how much of a relief it is to be finally getting rid of a pain I’ve had to bear for so many years. Since then I also talked with other people, who had similar problems and tried out the book. They were all very satisfied with it, too.
I would recommend the book and instructions for everybody who still has not found a solution to Sciatica especially for those who feel very much pain from it, because I know it can limit the quality of living heavily.
If you take action and don't give up there, I promise you that you will see a drastic change within a week. Wish you all the Best.
Video and Book: sciatica-book.blogspot.com