Sciatica is a term which describes pain in the lumbar area that radiates down the legs. The pain is often intense and may be accompanied by a burning sensation and difficulty moving. Sciatica usually affects one leg and is more severe at night and after prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
In general, sciatica (and any other type of back pain) is treated with drugs. However, painkillers rarely work and have adverse side-effects as well. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can reduce the pain with some simple stretches. Stretches can relieve the inflammation and fight the pain effectively and in just a short time.
In the beginning, you won’t be able to hold for a long time, but after a while you will get used to the stretches and perform them easily.
Lie on your back on the floor and bend the painful leg, then pull it towards your shoulder until you feel a stretch. Stay in that position for half a minute, then take a short break and repeat the exercise two more times.
Another great stretch that can help is to lay in a supine position and bend your knees, then cross your legs and pull them to the chest until you feel the stretch. Keep the position for 30 seconds and repeat the process 2-3 times more.
Cross your legs as the picture above indicates, then pull your healthy leg towards your chest and keep the position for 30 seconds before repeating it again.
By performing these stretches, you will be able to boost the blood flow to your muscles and relieve the pain. If you have tried everything and nothing worked, these stretches will help you fight the pain effectively.
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