The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest in our body. This nerve is the union of several nerve endings in the spinal column. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back reaching the feet, but on its way, it can cause annoying pain, tingling, and even stitches like electric shocks.
Sciatica is one of the most common health problems today. Around 8% of the world’s population suffers from sciatica that eventually becomes disabling. Sciatica can affect our mobility on a day-to-day basis. Rest only worsens the situation.
For a better and quick relief of sciatic pain, specialists recommend some muscle stretches. This, because 90 to 95% of sciatica cases can avoid surgery by being treated with non-invasive methods.
To decrease the compression of the nerve, you must attend to the back, legs, and buttocks muscles. If these muscles stay in the same position for a long time it could worsen the pain.
Strengthening muscles that support the spine (core and back) and doing stretches is the most recommended way to improve flexibility.
An example of stretch is:
Lying on your back, bend your knees, and squeeze a pillow between your legs. A variation of this is to lift the hips and buttocks. Another variation is with the person lying on their back and hugging their legs.
In addition to stretching and strengthening, an important part of treatment to correct sciatic pain is to remove the tension and spasms in the deep muscles of the spine that caused the condition.
Stop spending a fortune on massage therapists and chiropractors, specialists have proven that the use of simple home-use tools such as Cordus and Sacrus eliminates muscle tension in the nearby area of the spine that does not relax easily.
Likewise, it is important to follow these recommendations:
- Take care of your posture.
- Lose weight.
- Do light physical activity.
- Take nutritional supplements to strengthen the cartilage.