Usually the term “sciatica” involves reducing muscle elasticity and flexibility of the back of the foot. This is due to muscle hardening (which is age-related) and can begin at the age of 30-35 years old.
Conventional treatment involves diagnosis and proper drug consumption. But it would be better not to limit yourself on taking only painkillers. If you practice some simple stretching exercises during the treatment you will soon forget the pain sensation!
Exercises for sciatica
Stretching can give you a great help because it relieves inflammation and alleviates such type of pain. Your effort will be accompanied by pain at first, so do the exercises slowly, emphasizing the stretching at the same time with exhalation.
1. Lie on a flat surface, bend your painful leg and slowly pull it to the shoulder. When you feel your muscles stretched, strive to hold the position for 30 seconds. Straighten the leg, take a little break and repeat the exercise 2 more times.
2. Lie down on the ground, bend your both legs and pull them toward your chest without moving your back from the ground.
Cross your legs as shown below, grab your healthy foot with both hands and pull it toward your chest. Hold this position for 30 seconds and return to starting position. Repeat this exercise for 2 times more with small breaks between them.
Note that exercising is the safest treatment for sciatica, as corny as that sounds. In this way blood circulation is stimulated, all the muscles are set in motion, thus accelerating your recovery.
Do you know other exercises for these unpleasant pains?
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