Sciatica is a term used to describe radiating leg pain which occurs along the length of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from your low back, through the glutes and down the back of your leg, branching into smaller nerves along the way.
There are many causes of sciatica, but for some, sciatica can occur when the nerve becomes trapped somewhere along the length of the leg. This can be due to tight muscles restricting the nerve’s ability to move, inflammation, or possibly even scar tissue. Like our muscles to a much lesser extent, nerves too, can stretch, glide and become inflamed. As we move, the nerves in our body should also glide and stretch otherwise symptoms such as pain, numbness or weakness may occur anywhere along the length of the leg.
Once your health practitioner has ruled out any other serious back problems and determined that your sciatic nerve is not stretching or gliding as it should, there are some relatively simple exercises you can try which may help your sciatica.
Start by lying down a band/belt around your foot and lifting your leg up until you feel a stretch. Keep your head relaxed and pull your toes towards your head.
Then tuck chin in by lifting your head slightly while pointing your toes at the same time. Keep moving between the two positions, holding each one for a few seconds. Be careful not to pull too hard!
Remember to always stop if your pain persists or worsens and liek always, seek advice from your Physio or Osteopath.