Chiropractors Suggest These Yoga Stretches to Soothe Sciatica


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Soothing the sciatic nerve is one of the ongoing challenges that chiropractors deal with. If you are the patient with the burning pain and numbness that runs from your bottom down the back of your leg, you need answers too. tells us yoga may have answers.

Dealing with the Piriformis Syndrome is the challenge. Sciatic pain happens when the piriformis, a small muscle deep in the hips, becomes tight and compresses the sciatic nerve triggering the searing pain. To achieve relief it is important to stretch and stretch some more to release the piriformis muscle and take the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Foam rolling the hip rotator can help to release tension and minimize pain.

Then try the Press Up Exercise that you can do in bed.

Start on your stomach with your elbows directly under your shoulders and your forearms flat on the bed, parallel to one another. Lift your chest and extend through the spine from your tailbone to the top of your neck. Let your back arch. Hold for 30 seconds for one repetition, breathing deeply. If the pain in your legs lessens, do two reps.

Then, lie face down with your hands flat, next to your shoulders. Press your palms into the bed to lift your upper body up, keeping hips and pelvis rooted to the bed. Extend through the spine from the tailbone to the neck, allowing your back to arch. Stop lifting your chest if you feel any pressure in your lower back. Hold for 10 seconds, then slowly lower back to the start position for one rep. Do 10 reps for one set; do three sets total. Start by doing these moves at least three times a week.

Seeing Your Chiropractor

The next step should be to see your chiropractor to put together a total approach to the problem. If this is your first visit to the chiropractor you will find the chiropractor’s goal will be to seek relief and restore normal activity without surgery or medications.

Your chiropractor may begin with spinal adjustments to obtain an assessment of the nervous system and to seek pain relief. Then a discussion of what is happening and a review of medical history, and daily schedules will follow. In the process the correct diagnosis and pattern of treatment with helpful steps to use at work and at home will be determined.

Slowly but surely, the chiropractor seeks to help the patient ease their way back into their everyday lives, both mentally and physically. Soothing sciatica pain and reclaiming regular routines at home usually entails regular visits with follow up exercises to be done at home. I have watched a number of people go through this process and come out on the winning side with the help of their chiropractors. Schedule an appointment and find your solution too.


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