The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the lower back and travels down the proximal leg. When the nerve is irritated, compressed, or impinged, symptoms often present as radiating numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness. Pain associated with sciatica can range from mild to debilitating. Here are the top 5 exercises to assist with alleviating symptoms associated with sciatica:
Perform this stretch 3 times for 30 second holds.
Hold in this position with on/off episodes 2-3 seconds, 10-15 times.
Perform slowly with gentle press ups and rests down 10 times.
Perform 3 times with 30 second holds each.
Hold contraction for 5 seconds. Perform 15-20 times.
As always, if these exercises increase your pain at all, or if they don’t improve your symptoms after a few days, you will probably benefit from a 1-on-1 evaluation with a physical therapist. If you’re interested, you can hit the Request More Information button at the top of this page and we will get in touch with you!