Nerves extend from your brain and spinal cord throughout your body, sending vital messages. A pinched nerve can occur when a nerve is compressed or squeezed by a herniated disc in the spinal cord, a ligament, muscle or cartilage. This pressure causes damage or inflammation to the nerve that can result in pain, muscle weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. Stretching and extension exercises are an effective way to strengthen and stretch the muscles in the affected area. This relieves the pressure on the nerve, reduces the pain and discomfort and returns nerve function.
A pinched nerve in the lumbar area can be especially painful and debilitating. The lumbar pain spreads along the lower leg below the knee, in the calves and/or in the foot. The pain is strong, continuous, with a burning sensation and numbness of the legs, which can restrict your movement.
Often, the pain spreads in one leg, and can be stronger than the pain experienced in the lumbar area. The pain intensifies at night, after prolonged standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing or stress.
The conventional sciatica treatment includes taking specific painkillers prescribed by a doctor. But, in case you start practicing a few simple exercises for muscle stretching along with the standard treatment, your terrible sciatica pain will disappear after a while.
Here Are 2 Simple Exercises that Can Help You Get Rid of Your Sciatica:
Stretching exercises are considered as extremely helpful. By performing these exercises you will reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain.
At the beginning, maybe it will be difficult for you because it is very important to perform the exercises slowly and increase the stretches while you are breathing out.
You should lie on a flat surface, bend the aching leg and pull it slightly towards your shoulder.
When you feel the stretch, make sure to keep your leg in that position for 30 seconds. Straighten your legs, make a short break and repeat this exercise 2 more times.
How to release the pinched nerve in the lumbar area (sciatica):
For this exercise, you should remain on the floor. Then, bend the knees and pull them toward the chest very slowly. However, you should make sure not to raise the buttocks from the floor. Next, cross the legs and pull the healthy leg by using your hand. Remain in this position for about half a minute. Then, release your legs and return to the starting position. You should also repeat this exercise twice.