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Best Way to Stretch Sciatica

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What stretches can I do to stretch out my sciatica nerve in the morning?

Every morning when I wake up I can hardly walk because of my sciatica nerve. It takes me about 2-3 hours to be able to actually stand up straight in the morning after I wake up. There has to be something I can do in order to excersise this nerve. Any tips or advice would be helpful thank you very much!

Posted by mylilserenity4me@sbcglobal.net
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I understand your pain because I have had sciatica for 14 years from a back injury that caused permanent nerve damage. Here is a website that tells you what stretches can help and even shows pictures:

Http://www.moore-chiropractic.com/sciati…

You should also try to walk as much as possible because it really does help with the pain. Try to avoid hills and stairs as they will make the pain worse.

Some other options include chiropractic care (generally only good for short term relief), steroid injections (did not help me), physical therapy and pain management. I also took a drug called Trileptal for many, many years. It is actually an anti-seizure med but it is known to help with chronic nerve pain. Depending on the cause of your sciatica, you may be able to try that as well. I loved how it helped me and only stopped taking it because I want to begin trying to have a family in the near future and it is known to cause some types of birth defects.

Best wishes and I hope you feel better soon.

What stretching exercises should be done for sciatica nerve problem?

Posted by brucedogzemail
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I Don't know about stretching exercises however, it might help you to try inversion… I have an inversion table and it's wonderful. It takes all the pressure off your spine by tilting your body… Head down while your in a prone position. This opens up your spine and releases the nerves that are being impinged. The inversion table will let you go completely upside down… Hanging by your ankles. With my bad back I had often imagined hanging by my feet like the acrobats and how good it would feel… It does! Check with your doctor first just to be on the safe side. Swimming will also help. Being in the water takes the pressure off our skeletal system, and swimming is wonderful exercise.

Best of Luck …. Will be sending good thoughts your way!

Sciatica pain relief stretches ?

My sciatic nerve starting hurting again this morning. I took Ibuprofen twice today along with some Seroqeul & also put I bag full of ice on my back for 20 minutes..

ANY GOOD STRETCHES THAT ACTUALLY WORK?

Posted by Genesis
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I have a friend who has bad Sciatica, he usually sits on the floor with his legs straight in front of him a gently stretches forward to touch his toes. He says this works a treat. Yoga really helps too apparently.

I hope this helps you :)

Liz.

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Sciatic nerve problem… Exercise?

I have a sciatic nerve problem which causes pain to my lower back/leg. I'm going to a physical therapist this week, my doctor told me NOT to run because as I run, it could be pounding down on my back, if that makes any sense.

I was wondering if I could do other exercises, like biking, or swimming? What cardio exercise would be safe? I'm trying to lose weight, and I want to do something rather than be lazy on the couch.

Please help!
Thank you! :)
I don't want any diet pills. I just want to be active!

Posted by Jaimie
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Do yoga. Any exercise bending backwards. Do not do exercises bending forward as long as sciatic pain is there.
Makarasana
Markadasana
Chakrasana
Dhaurasana,
Vajrasana
Shupta Vajrasana,
Matsyendrasana
Bhujagasana
Ushtrasana
Vyagrasana
Marjarasana
Merdandasana
Shalabhasana

are few of the asanas you can do with sciatica. No hard exercises. Back should be relaxed. Body should be flexible and not reigid. Sciatic nerve will come in its place away from the herniated bone or spikes or the caries that are pinching, during the relaxed periods like while turning in the bed while sleeping.

Use following medicines in homeopathy for instant relief:

Right sided sciatica – Colocynthis 200 single dose or Lycopodium 200 according to symptoms.

Pain on movement – Bryonia 30
Starting problem and pain ameliorates on movement – Rhus Tox 1M single dose.

Left sided sciatica – Causticum 30 upto three doses for one day.

General pain killer – Arnica 30.

Back pain with sciatica – Gnaphalium Q 5 drops in one ounce water three times a day/.

Medicines should be taken in consultaton with homeopathic doctor. Phisiotherapist cannot do much in Sciatic pain and would be waste of money and time. With best wishes.

Help with sciatic nerve?

I have been having horrible back pains the last couple of days. I know its my sciatic nerve but theres not much I can do. Does anyone know of any exercises or anything that can be done to relieve this pain? I have no health insurance so thats out of the question.

Posted by Ms. MD
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Sciatic exercises are available on google such as the one listed below, regarding the lunge.
(sometimes it's best to steady yourself while doing the lunge by putting one hand on a table so you remain stable)

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=…

I developed sciatica due to running on the jogging trail which caused pressure on the lower lumbar disk. I bought the teeter inversion table which allows you to relieve the pressure on the lower disk and relieve the discomfort. Since it allows either total or partial inversion, you can control the amount of physical therapy you want to do for yourself. (Their website is undergoing some updates but you can see the various inversion table choices.)

Http://www.teeter-inversion.com/

Information on exercises for sciatica, or sciatic nerve?

My mother suffers from sciatica, and she is 40 years old. She is overweight, and wants to burn off some pounds, but every time she tries going for a jog, or for a walk her leg immediately starts hurting. Can someone please give me information on the different exercises she can practice on a daily basis that will not cause her any pain, and will help her lose some weight?
Thanks.

Posted by Elle
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The lunge exercise is good, example is at bottom of the site below.
Http://www.halhigdon.com/15Ktraining/Str…

other exercises are described on:
Http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exe…

(you can also do a google search on "sciatic exercises" and get good info. Click on google images for pictures)

I developed a bulging disc between lumbar 4 and 5 by running too much on the jogging trail. I'll tell you what I did, since I've got personal experience.

1) My chiropractor recommended taking daily doses of 100 mg. Of Vitamin B6. It strengthens nerve insulation. I noticed an improvement in 4 to 6 weeks.

2) Aleve is a good NSAID medication that is sold over the counter for sciatic conditions.
Back ice packs are a good idea also.Usually they can be placed around the waist area for the best relief.
(They connect with velcro) You can buy them at most pharmacies
— example at the site below:
Http://www.shapeupshop.com/fitness/recov…

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Hip Stretching Exercises for Sciatica

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Can anyone help with hip pain/sciatica?

I am only 6 weeks pregnant, but I have right hip pain and my right butt hurts some.

Any tips for exercises or positions to help relieve the pain?

I go in to see doctor on Monday for my first check up.

Thanks!

Posted by brwneyes
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Stretch the affected muscles. Don't bounce, jerk or twist while stretching. Breathe normally through the stretching exercises. Your physical therapist or physician can teach you the most beneficial stretches.

What is the best stretch exercises for piriformis syndrome?

Posted by Camelia
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Stretching the piriformis muscle is almost always necessary to relieve the pain along the sciatic nerve and can be done in several different positions. A number of stretching exercises for the piriformis muscle, hamstring muscles and hip extensor muscles may be used to help decrease the painful symptoms along the sciatic nerve and return the patient’s range of motion. Several of the stretching exercises commonly prescribed to treat sciatica symptoms from piriformis muscle problems.

Continue read at Http://piriformissyndrome.blogspot.com/2…

Thanks.

Sciatica between hips?

Treatement for sciatica pain between hips.
Exercise for sciatica pain between hips.

Posted by imran
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Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed r otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg. Diagnosis is often difficult due to few validated and standardized diagnostic tests, but one of the most important criteria is to exclude sciatica resulting from compression/irritation of spinal nerve roots, as by a herniated disk. The syndrome may be due to anatomical variations in the muscle-nerve relationship, or from overuse or strain.

Both active and passive stretching exercises that include hip and knee extension should be the focus of the program. Stretching the hip into extension and limiting excessive knee flexion avoids placing the rectus femoris in a position of passive insufficiency, thereby maximizing the stretch to the iliopsoas tendon. Strengthening exercises for the hip flexors may also be an appropriate component of the program. Education, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug regimen, as well as activity modification or activity progression (or both) may be used. Once symptoms have decreased a maintenance program of stretching and strengthening can be initiated. Light aerobic activity (warm up) followed by stretching and strengthening of the proper hamstring, hip flexors, and iliotibial band length is important for reducing recurrences.

Symptomatic relief of muscle and nerve pain can be obtained by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and /or muscle relaxants. Conservative treatment usually begins with stretching exercises and massage, and avoidance of contributory activities, such as running, bicycling, rowing, etc.

See a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

I hope this helps you. And good luck.

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Treatment for sciatica?

What is the best thing on the market to treat sciatica. Quite painfull.

Posted by cindy
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You really need to get to the bottom of what's causing it before you can treat it, yes it can be caused by the muscles and exercise and stretches can help but other causes include 'slipped disc' or disc protrusion where exercise will likely make it worse. There can be numerous causes including arthritis, muscles in the buttock that put pressure on the sciatic nerve and inflammation where the nerve exits the spine amongst many more.

The best idea is to get it checked out and diagnosed by someone like a Chiropractor or physiotherapist and then address the cause of the problem rather than just try a one fits all cure.

Hope this helps.

Pregnancy back pain- sciatica? Help!!!?

I am having KILLER backpains the past week.
I am 23 weeks pregnant, with a retroverted uterus (my uterus is tilted towards my spine instead of outwards).
What the pai feels like is a pinched nerve in my lower back, only on the left side. Sometimes my whole leg goes numb. It flares up more and more with each passing day. Usually happens when I bend or twist my torso, which is REALLY hard to avoid doing (I have a 5 year old son, a dog, etc). It feels like a pinching, twingey pain that shoots up my back and down my legs. Pain is almost in my left bum cheek, if that makes sense. I have an appointment with a chiropractor in 4 days, thank goodness. My dr prescribed me some painkillers and anti inflammatories until then, but I want something natural and easy to stop the pain… It's almost like I have to shuffle my feet because when I lift my left leg its excruciating pain… Do you know exercises that would help me? I do pregnancy yoga most days but havent been able to because of the pain.

Posted by melaniecampbell
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I also have sciatica, and one thing that has helped is to do exercises that stretch the piriformis muscle, which is located in the buttock and extends from the sacroiliac area to the outer thigh.

It's kind of hard to describe things only in words, without pictures, but — here are two exercises that have helped me. (Maybe you should talk to your dr first, since you're pregnant?)

1. Sit in a chair with your feet touching the floor. Cross your left leg over by putting the outside of your left ankle on top of your right knee. Bend forward as far as you can, without leaning to one side or the other. You should feel a deep stretch in the side of the left buttock.

2. If you can safely lie on your back — lie face up, take your left foot and place it on the floor to the outside of your right knee. With your right hand, gently pull your left leg toward the floor on your right side. This stretches the piriformis in a slightly different way.

Good luck, it's a difficult thing to put up with, and hopefully it's only a temporary thing related to the pregnancy. :-)

Description of piriformis syndrome:

Http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pirif…

Does sciatica kills a man?

My friends have pain in buttoks and thigh as well it moves to the upper part of the body what is the best cure should he have to admit to the hospital or drug use will make it okay answer plz . He is afraid 2 much beceause he listen that when sciatica increased it is uncurable??

Posted by Rabin Khand
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That's just not true – sciatica doesn't kill and it IS curable. This is an article that will help:

What is Sciatica?

Most of us describe this kind of pain as "pain running down to the back of the legs".

Usually it feels like a burning or tingling in the buttocks, but the pain tends to "travel" all the way to your toes. The pain tends to increase when you sit down and sometimes you can experience lower back pain as well.

Actually, sciatic pain is not a condition – It's a symptom of a condition. To find out why you have sciatic pain you must find out the underlying condition.

You may find that getting sciatic pain relief means treatment to your herniated disc. It could also be the symptom for spinal stenosis, Piriformis Syndrome or Spondylolisthesis. I know, these are big words, but it's important to understand that treating this pain will not eliminate the reason for it.

What Causes Sciatic Pain

The root cause of most of this symptom is – Muscle Imbalances. A muscle imbalance happens when you have over-developed and tight muscles in one area of your body, while the opposing muscles are weaker and stretched out of their normal position. Medication, back massages and even work out and stretches will not get you sciatic pain relief! The only way to truly solve this is returning the muscle balance back.

Why the Traditional Treatments Don't Work

The traditional treatments include NSAIDs drugs, Cortisone injections, ultrasound, exercise and electrical stimulation. These treatments do not address the muscle imbalance – the root of the problem. That's why most people do not find relief and suffer for years.

What is The Best way to Get Sciatica Relief?

Muscle Balance Therapy is one of the most powerful tools you can use to achieve sciatic pain relief – for good. The Greeks knew about this 2500 years ago. But like many natural therapies it was lost and replaced by conventional medical treatments that focus on symptom relief instead of solving the actual problem itself!

It starts with assessing the problem – finding out accurately where are the imbalances. Once that's done you will finally find the core to your problem – and learn to immediately correct it for good.

Next, find out how you can get sciatic pain relief in 7 days – "The 7-Day Back Pain Cure" is FREE on my website (limited time) at Http://natural-alternative-therapies.com…

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What stretching exercise helped the most with your sciatica?

I'm fairly certain that's my problem. Just one leg hurts – from lower back down to the ankle. My shin feels like a bad case of shin splints, back aches, upper leg is sore and knee feels like it was hit.

I see that there are a number of YouTube videos. Which one works the best?

Thanks.

Posted by bigapplebucky
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This is the best stretch for sciatica I have ever tried (link to video):

Http://natural-alternative-therapies.com…

Sciatica and weightlifting?

I had my first bout with sciatica a couple of weeks ago. I'm better now but am not sure if and when i should get back in the gym. Has anyone out there had sciatica and still able to put on a good amount of muscle working out? I'm 30 years old and in otherwise great health and would love to get back in the gym.

Posted by JRS
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Stretch to stay flex.

Dont do squats, incline leg press instead.

Maybe not leg curls if they bother u.

Avoid torso twisting motions, cept for stretching

Mite be a bulging disc. Could rupture.

Mite be nerve irritated by muscle sharing pathway thru bone [sacrum]

Get checkd by doc.

Many bulging discs cause no symptoms. Can have symptoms w/o bulging disc. Surgery as last resort.

If there's any pain, refrain….use ur brain.

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