If you feel there is something putting pressure on your lumbar nerve root, it may lead to pain in certain areas of the sciatic nerve.
For example, a degenerative disc disease, herniated disk, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or any other abnormality of the vertebrae can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve.
When the intervertebral disc, due to protrusion, puts pressure on the nerve, a pain occurs extending down the leg.
This health issue is called sciatica.
Sciatica is a condition which includes pain that occurs on the path of the sciatic nerve – which is branched from the lower back through the hips and buttocks, and lowers the array of each leg.
Any distortion of the space where the nerve passes can result in strangulation.
Typically, the term “pinch of the sciatic nerve” implies a loss of elasticity and flexibility of the muscles in the back surface of the leg. This is often associated with the process of age-related shortening (stiffness) of the muscles, which can begin after the age of 30-35.
The pain in the lumbar area spreads along the upper leg below the knee in the calf muscle and / or the foot. This pain is strong, steady, in the form of numbness in the legs, burning sensation, which makes it difficult for the person to move.
In most cases, this pain is spreading in one leg, and it is stronger than the pain in the lumbar region. The pain becomes even more intense during the night, after a prolonged standing and sitting, coughing straining, or sneezing.
Traditionally, the treatment of sciatica is first carried out using appropriate medication recommended by a doctor.
But, it is not restricted only to the use of painkillers.
If during the treatment you are doing light exercises for stretching your muscles, in a short period of time you will forget about the pain.
In addition of the text, we present you two easy exercises which can enable you to eliminate your sciatica pain.
Exercises For Releasing The Pinched Sciatic Nerve:
Stretching exercises can be of great benefit as they help soothe the inflammation, and thus, alleviate pain.
Bear in mind that, at first practicing these exercises won’t be that easy, which is why these exercises should be performed slowly, increasing the stretch during the exhale.
Lie on a flat ground, bend your aching leg and gently pull it towards your shoulder.
The moment you feel a stretch, try to keep your leg in this position for half a minute. Then straighten your painful leg, rest for a while, and repeat the exercise two more times.
Again, in the supine position, bend your legs at the knees and slowly pull them towards your chest, not separating your butt off the ground. Cross your legs, and gripping your healthy leg with your hands, pull it.
Remain with your legs in this position for half a minute, release them, and return to the initial position.
Repeat this exercise also two times.
Know when you do these stretching exercises, you also stimulate your blood circulation, which eliminates the stagnation in your muscles, thus speeding up the process of your recovery.