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Are you currently experiencing sciatica? Then check out these 6 exercises from Dr. Katie Clare, DC to help relieve sciatica.
The Mayo Clinic defines sciatica as pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve is the body), which branches from your lower back through your hops and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
According to Clare, the leading cause of sciatica symptoms is a lumbar disc herniation/bulge. People experiencing sciatica symptoms generally report the following:
- shooting pain from the low back, glutes or along the path of the sciatic nerve
- weakness in the leg
- numbness/tingling down the leg, into the foot
- symptoms aggravating with being seated
Clare also wanted to remind people that “sciatica” is a symptom, NOT a condition. So nope, you don’t “have” sciatica; you have some other condition causing sciatica (like a disc injury).
Here are the 6 exercises. Be sure to check out Dr. Clare’s video below on how to perform these exercises!
1) Prone press up (perform 15-20x).
2) Supine pigeon 45 seconds hold.
3) Hip switch (perform 15x).
4) T Spine rotation (perform 10x).
5) Sciatic nerve floss (perform 15x).
6) Single leg bridge (perform 12x).
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