Relieving Sciatica Pain with Exercise

Jul 12, 2013

Despite popular belief, exercise is usually better for the relief of sciatica treatment than traditional bed rest. While patients may rest for a couple of days after their pain flares up as part of their Conyers sciatica treatment plan, a period of inactivity after that can often cause the pain to worsen. Without movement and exercise, the spinal structures and muscles of the back will de-condition, and this will make them less able to provide support to the back. Some of the most important features of any exercise program for sciatica are outlined below.

Core Muscle Strength

Many exercises for sciatica help to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles in order to provide back support. When a patient engages in a program of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises, they are likely to recover from a sciatica flare up more quickly. They are also less likely to experience pain in the future.

Hamstring Stretching

Most sciatica patients can benefit from an exercise routine that includes hamstring stretching. The hamstring muscle is located behind the thigh, and tight hamstrings can increase lower back stress while aggravating many of the conditions that cause sciatica.

Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic conditioning can also improve both sciatica and overall body fitness. Walking is a great option because it is low impact and can provide the benefits associated with an aerobic workout. Gradually progressing to a three-mile walk per day is a good goal when it comes to aerobic exercise.

Although all of the exercises listed above can be helpful to relieving sciatica pain, it is essential that the exercises are done in proper form. Otherwise, they can be relatively ineffective, and this could lead to increased or continued pain. In many cases it is advisable that these exercises are learned through the instruction of a trained professional, such as your Conyers chiropractor or physical therapist.