Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, can bring your active life to a screeching halt! You may feel tempted to sit still and nurse your injury. Movement and strengthening exercises can actually help you find long term relief.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful symptom identified by radiating pain. It may begin in your lower back (close to tailbone), down your glutes and all the way to the knee. Any point along the nerve path may hurt. In severe cases, multiple points along the sciatic nerve path may ache. Most often, people feel sciatica in the hips or knees.
Sciatica may come and go based on your activities. Activities that put strain on the back, hips, and knees are most likely to aggravate existing sciatica. The root cause of sciatic nerve pain often stems from nerve damage.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. Serve compression can be the result of spinal disk misalignment or herniation. Mild or moderate nerve compression may be the indirect result of weak major muscles groups. Weak core and glute muscles cause chronic poor posture. In turn, poor posture fatigues other muscle groups and strains the lower back . In order to eradicate sciatica, it helps to identify the cause.
We recommend working with a chiropractor and private yoga instructor to identify the cause of your sciatica. Treatment can minimize current sciatica and prevent a worsening condition.
In between your consultations with a chiropractor and yoga instructor, maintain movement without irritating the healing region. To relieve sciatica at home, you must combine strengthening and lengthening postures.
6 Yoga Poses for Sciatica Relief
The infographic below details 6 yoga postures that you can do the strengthen the core, hips, and glutes and while lengthening your hip flexors and hamstrings. This balance of postures may help to reduce your sciatica.
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What if It’s Not Sciatica?
If you feel that you may be experiencing low back or hip pain as a result of long hours at your desk, check out our infographic 6 Creative Yoga Poses for Frequent Sitters.
Take Action for Your Health
Put your sciatic nerve pain and other aches to rest. Get started with your private yoga teacher today! Instruction is available in-home for residents of the metro Atlanta area. Virtual private yoga sessions are also available for those living outside of the metro Atlanta area.
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