Sciatica is one of the most widespread diseases nowadays. It is the symptoms of leg pain, tingling or numbness. Its origin is from lower back, travels through the buttock and go down the back of each leg.
Sciatica is affecting so many of us nowadays some researchers are calling it The New Health Epidemic.
Sciatica can happen to all ages but it becomes more common in middle age. It is most likely to develop around age 30-40 and the shocking news is that some researchers have alerted it will affect up to 43% of the population at some point.
The term “sciatica” is often confused with common back pain. But sciatica is not just a simple back pain. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our body and runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs and ends below the knee.
The main cause of sciatica is an irritation of the lumbar spine or it can be a result of herniation in the lumbar spine but it can also be caused by too much sitting. Sitting for 6 or more hours a day can permanently damage your spinal nerves and cause sciatica.
There are many ways to relieve the pain on the sciatic nerve through these exercises. These exercises can alleviate their symptoms on their own, reduce taking medications where possible and find longer-term comfort for their condition during flare-ups.
The following video will show you how to relieve the pain by these flexion exercises:
The ones shown in this video are based on flexion of the low back, which would help if you have spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease.
For disc herniations (the most common cause of sciatica) you want to do extension exercises(also called McKenzie exercises) instead of flexion.
We talk about sciatica a lot on this website so we have a comprehensive guide to sciatica & what you can do about it in this article below. We suggest you take a look if you suffer from back/leg pain.