Some exercises may not be suitable for all sufferers of sciatica so it is best to follow the advice from your doctor. Gentle exercise seldom does any harm. Often it can help with sciatica, not always but it certainly is worth a try.
There are lots of different types of exercise that can help with the pain of sciatica. Sciatica pain can be different from person to person and often different exercises help different sufferers. The rule is just try and see what works for you.
Here are a few exercises that have proven successful with many people.
Forward bending exercises.
This can help your lower back which often is a source of sciatica pain. Remember that these exercises are not to be treated like body building but more gentle movement of the muscles. You shouldn’t be tired and sweating after doing them.
Sit on the ground with your legs about one foot apart and lean forward, stretching your hands out in front of you. Go as far forward as is comfortable and don’t push it.
Don’t worry if you can’t touch your feet or even get near there. Over time your body will become more flexible. Once you get to the point of discomfort just hold it a moment and then relax out of it.
Much the same exercise can be done while standing. Keep your feet about one foot apart and bend forward keeping your back straight. The aim is to try and put the top of your head on the ground but of course you can’t do that. It is just a gentle forward bend until you feel you have gone far enough. The forward bend often helps relieve the sciatic nerve pain.
Exercising the stomach muscles doesn’t seem that relevant to sciatic pain but often it does help. Stomach crunches aren’t something you should rush in to. Often people have
not exercised these muscles in years so do take it easy to start with.
Expect some muscle pain after starting with the exercises, often on the second day. This is normal but to ensure it isn’t too painful don’t over do it to start with.
Exercises for sciatica should always be done gently in order to not aggravate the situation. Don’t forget that you should continue to exercise after the current pain has subsided and not wait until the next bout of discomfort.