The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. Its inflammation produces an uncomfortable pain that extends from the ribs to below the knees.
When we suffer from inflammation in the sciatic nerve, the pain is absolutely terrible. Many people experience pain so deep that they can not even stand when they have sciatic nerve attacks. In addition to pain, other symptoms such as heavy legs, tingling, and discomfort may occur.
Proper treatment of the sciatic nerve requires you to follow up with a good health professional, and in many cases this process can be long and still rather painful. Rest is often recommended, but not for too long because inactivity also aggravates the symptoms.
The causes for inflammation in the sciatic nerve are diverse and may hide other issues like a herniated disc or even diabetes. Additionally, a condition known as piriformis syndrome may also be related to sciatic nerve pain.
Even herpes infections can lead to sciatica.
People who are more likely to develop this type of problem are those who don’t exercise regularly and, or those who are overweight. Also, those who lift too much weight or put force on their backs while sitting for long periods of time are also at risk.
Because inflammation in the sciatic nerve demands a treatment that can be time consuming, we’ll show you how it can be strengthened with some therapeutic exercises. Part of the treatment for sciatic nerve inflammation focuses on an active lifestyle.
Let’s learn about a simple exercise to help treat sciatic nerve pain and improve your overall quality of life:
Sit on the floor and start the exercise by holding one of your legs, with your knee bent and in line with your chest. Hold your leg for 10 seconds and be sure to keep your other leg straight. Alternate the leg, remembering to line up your knee to your chest and hold it for another 10 seconds.
After that, lie down on the floor and raise your legs by slightly flexing your knees without reaching a 90-degree angle. Raise and lower your lower legs five times.
Lie down and stretch out on the floor. Without standing up, raise one knee and bring it up in line with your chest. Stay like this for 10 seconds. Repeat the same process with the other knee without lifting your back from the floor. Take it easy while doing this to avoid injury.
Finish the exercise by stretching out your body and lying flat.
While this exercise is great for relieving sciatic nerve pain, it’s very important that you contact your doctor and ask for permission to do so. Remember that due to the various causes of sciatic nerve inflammation, the treatments for this problem are also varied. So it’s important to know what the best exercises are for you.
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