If something puts pressure on a lumbar nerve root, then it may result in pain in certain parts of the sciatic nerve. For instance, a herniated disk, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, or any other vertebrae abnormality can put pressure on this nerve.
Sciatica is characterized by leg pain, weakness, numbness or tingling sensation, which occur in the lower back, through the buttock and all the way down the sciatic nerve found in the back of one leg.
Unfortunately, the pain can be too severe and continuous, so that it can contribute to difficult movements. In addition, the pain can worsen during the night; after hours of sitting and standing; coughing; sneezing; or stress.
The conventional sciatica treatment includes taking specific painkillers prescribed by a doctor. But, in case you start practicing a few simple exercises for muscle stretching along with the standard treatment, your terrible sciatica pain will disappear after a while.
2 Simple Exercises Against Sciatica
The following two exercises are in fact simple stretches, which are beneficial for reducing the inflammation and soothing pain. While performing this exercise, you should do them as slowly as possible and increase the stretches while exhaling.
Start by lying down on the floor and bend the leg in which you experience pain. Then, pull the leg slightly towards the shoulder. When you feel the stretch, stay in the position for about half a minute. Finish by straightening the legs. Make a short break and repeat the stretch again.
For this exercise, you should remain on the floor. Then, bend the knees and pull them toward the chest very slowly. However, you should make sure not to raise the buttocks from the floor. Next, cross the legs and pull the healthy leg by using your hand. Remain in this position for about half a minute. Then, release your legs and return to the starting position. You should also repeat this exercise twice.