Here are 10 great exercises to help relieve back pain from sciatica. Whether you woke up with a tight lower back, your desk job has you aching, or you overdid it at the gym, here is a relaxing exercise sequence designed specifically to stretch your lower back. Since tight hips, hamstrings, and shoulders can often trigger discomfort and pain, this sequence will also lengthen those tension spots. Do this series of exercises any time your back needs a little extra care.
• Leg stretch: Sit on the floor with the pain-free leg outstretched. Grab the ankle of the leg with pain and pull it towards your body.
• Back stretch: Lie on your tummy and get up on your elbows. Push yourself up by straightening your arms.
• Cat stretch: On your hands and knees, arch your back like a cat.
• Pelvic tilt: Lie on your back and bend your knees. As you exhale, push your back down to the floor.
• Hamstring stretch #1: Stand a foot from a wall and put your hands on it. Put one foot back and push into the wall.
• Hamstring stretch #2: Have both legs straight while you are sitting on the floor. Hold your arms out and bend forward.
• Curl-ups: Lie on the floor, crossing your arms over your chest. Lift your shoulders off the floor.
Yoga is great for reducing pain from sciatica:
• Butterfly pose: Sit on the floor with your feet pulled close to your body and your knees out. Push your knees down gently.
• Forward bend: Stand with your feet slightly apart. Bend forward, keeping your back straight.
• Downward dog pose: In this exercise, your feet and hands are on the floor so your body looks like a V.
Remember, back pain from sciatica can be very irritating and difficult to live with. It’s always best to try and take advantage of natural remedies and solutions for back pain such as stretching and inversion therapy or traction, however these may not always work. If you find that despite your best efforts at natural pain relief from exercise and inversion therapy you need another option, be sure to check out MyMedSupply’s wide selection of pain therapy devices, including the popular Wi Touch Wireless TENS unit, which doesn’t require a prescription or insurance coverage. The Wi Touch TENS unit has proven to be very effective at relieving chronic back pain from sciatica.
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