I know a lot of people seems to just ignore exercises and opt for medications and such for sciatica pain but exercises are extremely important.
You may well be aware of the physical therapy exercises your doctor may have suggested. In fact, these form the core component of the entire treatment strategy. Exercises in the plan popularly include stretching, strengthening and also aerobic conditioning. Research has suggested that patients who engage themselves in a regular exercise schedule are more likely to recover from sciatica relatively quickly as opposed to those who do not. Additionally, undergoing daily exercises also reduces the possibility of future occurrence of the ailment.
There are three main aspects that sciatica exercises target, and these are – strengthening, stretching and aerobic exercises.
• Strength – These exercises mainly aim at supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments, while also incorporating strength to the spinal column. Moreover, a large number of these exercises do not just focus on the development of the lower back, but they also take into account the health of your hip and abdominal muscles, and buttocks. Regular practicing of these exercises promotes pain relief because they eventually keep the spine supported and also help in its proper alignment.
• Stretching – Health experts usually recommend stretching for sciatic pain relief. The main aim of these exercises is to target muscles that are inflexible and tight, and make them flexible. Hamstring stretching is one such very popular exercise that almost all physical therapists recommend in these conditions.
• Aerobic exercises – Aerobic activity is known to promote healing, mainly because it involves exchange of nutrients and fluid within our body. Even some low impact cardiovascular exercises such as swimming or walking are very beneficial. Aerobic exercises are also responsible for triggering the release of endorphins, a natural painkiller produced by the body, thus helping reduce sciatica pain.
The sciatica exercise that your doctor may recommend to you largely depends on the factors responsible for causing the ailment. In addition to this, the level of pain and overall condition of your body will also be taken into account when your doctor suggests you the exercises.
Relapse is an important factor that any sciatica patient should keep in mind. When the pain becomes unbearable, it is only natural for a patient to quit exercising for a day or two. However, the patient must not make it a prolonged rest, since discontinuation of these exercises will promote pain and cause deconditioning. Regular exercises are essential for your body to keep producing natural nutrients for healing purposes.
So, exercise people!
Post edited, to remove URL not previously approved. Please also note that will Exercise is probably good for everyone, DO NOT attempt any type of exercise program until you discuss it with your doctor and that it is approved