People who have Sciatica know all too well how painful and debilitating it can be. While there are several variations and causes of the condition, its generally characterized as back pain that originates in the buttocks and lower spine area which then radiates down the body. Most people who suffer from it report pain in the thigh area, and for some it extends even further down to their feet. Sciatica is also commonly referred to as sciatic nerve pain because its caused by pressure, irritation, and/or pinching of the nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the sciatic nerves. The areas surrounding the nerves in the lower back become inflamed and in turn a shooting, intense type of pain travels out along the affected nerves. This pain can be exacerbated when the person sneezes, coughs, or does something that puts pressure on the area and even regular day t day activities can cause it to suddenly flare up.
The most common treatment for sciatica includes a combination of pain medications to help manage the discomfort and limiting activities which tend to put stress on the lower back. Those who suffer re-current flare ups often know what causes it to act up and can avoid certain activities they have linked to the onset of pain. By resting and limiting activities the pain can be reduced and for most people, around 90%, it disappears completely within 3-6 weeks.
Sciatica has been known to affect the human body for hundreds of years and there are entire areas of ancient traditional medicine which focus on treating it. Some take the view that dietary or environmental changes can help cure it, while others posit that the best treatment is exercise. In fact, physical therapists and doctors often suggest patients do certain exercises that target the affected area and many people have found relief this way.
The video that follows shows how to do a one minute stretch routine that helps to relieve sciatica pain and speed up healing. It can be done in the comfort of your home and comments on the video show that it has helped many to get back to feeling normal and healthy again. Hopefully it will work for you as well if you suffer from sciatic nerve pain. Please help to inform others who may benefit from this by sharing it and stay positive!
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