Whilst the thought of exercising can be daunting when you’re in pain, staying active can be far more beneficial to those suffering from sciatica than being sedentary.
If you suffer from sciatica, a couple of days of rest can be beneficial during a painful flareup, but generally staying mobile will help relieve your pain by keeping your muscles strong and flexible.
How can exercise help with sciatica pain?
Strengthens core muscles
Without exercise your body’s core muscles become weak and struggle to provide adequate support, which can result in misalignments in the body and increased pain.
Keeps spinal discs healthy
Staying active also helps your spinal discs to exchange the essential nutrients and fluids that they need to stay healthy, and healthy spinal discs mean less pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Corrects imbalances and misalignments
As well as keeping your muscles strong and reducing pain in the short-term, the right kind of exercises can help you to correct imbalances and misalignment in the body for long-term relief from sciatica pain.
What kind of exercise is suitable?
If you suffer from sciatica it’s important that you consult an expert for advice before starting an exercise routine. Starting exercise without proper advice could end up worsening the pain. An expert can look for underlying causes of your pain and any particular problem areas. This information can then be used to create an exercise regime that is tailored to your body’s specific needs to help you achieve the best results.
Generally, the best kinds of exercise for sciatic pain are:
- Low-impact aerobic exercise (like walking).
- Gentle stretches.
- Exercise that strengthens your core muscles.
Expert corrective exercise regimes
At JT Ethos we treat the whole body using a holistic approach to correct any imbalances and faulty movement patterns for long-term relief.
Our corrective exercise regimes are tailored to your unique set of requirements and involve simple stretches and exercises designed to remove compression or irritation of the nerve at appropriate points.
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