Yoga for sciatica

sciatica

What is sciatica:
Sciatica refers to pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower spine as a combination of several nerves from the low back region. The nerve branches from the spine to the left and right buttocks and then travels down the back of the legs, at about the middle of the thighs, to the feet.

Sciatica is tenderness and pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, typically showing up on one side of the body. There are two sciatic nerves—one for each leg. These are the longest nerves in the human body. Each originates from several nerve roots that exit from the spinal cord, then thread through apertures in your sacrum and merge to form the main body of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve passes between layers of the deep buttock muscles, through the deep muscles of the back of the thigh, and down through the outer edge of your leg to your foot.

Look for the Root Cause Of Your Pain:
No one’s body or symptoms are exactly the same so you should work with a trained practitioner such as a Physiotherapist or an Osteopath to discover the root of your sciatic pain and which movements are the right fit for your body.

The Yoga Solution:
Hamstring stretches and hip openers play a significant role in relieving sciatica pain. Here are some yoga poses for you to incorporate into your daily routine to help sooth your sciatica.

1) Smiling Cow Face Variation

2) Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

3) Sleeping Pigeon Pose

4) Reclined Twist

5) Supported Bridge Pose

6) Open Lizard Pose

7) Bound Angle Pose

 

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