Until you have experienced sciatica, you don’t know what a pain in a butt really is. 🙂
Sciatica is a pain, numbness or weakness that starts in the lower back and travels down the sciatic nerve, through the buttocks and into the leg. It’s the largest nerve in the body and it is said that over 60% of Americans have experienced this kind of pain in some degree.
The good news is, there is relief through the practice of yoga. I have experienced this miracle myself. The muscles are strengthened, the inflammation calms down and the overall tone of the muscles in this area give to a healthier body.
What Causes Sciatic Pain?
Sciatic pain (sciatica) is caused by a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Common causes of sciatica include:
Spinal disc herniation
Degenerative disc disease
Narrowing of the spinal column (spinal stenosis).
Another common cause of sciatica is as a result of nerve entrapment in which a muscle in the buttock is pressing against the sciatic nerve and causing sciatica.
Even though the compression is in the lower back, the pain that is felt can be anywhere from the buttocks down to the side of the foot. The amount of pain and where, usually depends on how much the nerve is compressed.
Sciatica is a condition and not the cause of the pain. Most of the time, this doesn’t get better unless it is treated.
Sciatica and Yoga
A word of caution: if you have severe sciatica, discuss yoga with your doctor before starting it. Although yoga can be very helpful for low back pain and sciatica, it may also injure your back while doing it, so you need to be cautious.
If your doctor believes that the source of your pain is muscle spasm or tightness, then these stretches can be of a great help. When doing the stretches, make sure you always do stretches on both sides.
Yoga has spread like wildfire in the United States. It is performed by more than 20 million people to stretch, strengthen muscles and improve overall balance. It can be done in a studio or in the comfort of your own home.
Watch how these yoga poses can give you relief from Sciatica on the next page.