Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

Sciatic Nerve Treatment – Part 2

Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment – Part 2

Your physiotherapist will teach you proper positioning techniques to help take the stress off your low back and ease your sciatic nerve pain symptoms.  When your pain starts to settle down, stretches will help to loosen up your muscles and release the tension that has built up.  Some stretches will also help to  increase the mobility of your sciatic nerve, and help restore flexibility. Hopefully at this point you are moving past the acute phase of sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica.  This section will describe appropriate stretching that is commonly prescribed in the treatment of sciatic nerve pain.

It is important to stretch your hamstring muscles.  Your hamstrings are the large muscle group in the back of your thigh, running from your buttocks to behind the knee.  A safe and easy way to stretch this muscle to avoid further injuring your back is to do so from a lying down position.  You will need a long towel or belt.  Wrap the towel or belt around the bottom of your foot or heel, and raise your leg up towards the ceiling, with your knee straight until you feel a pull or stretch behind the knee or back of the thigh.  Hold this for 15-20 seconds and repeat 2x on each leg.

Sciatic Nerve Pain Hamstring Stretch

The sciatic nerve follows the path of the hamstring along the back of the thigh, and for this reason you may not be able to fully raise your leg.  Depending on the severity or cause of your sciatic never pain, you may feel a pull that goes into your low back, numbness down the leg, or a burning sensation in the leg.  If this occurs just go as far as you feel comfortable.  It is important to do this stretch to maintain mobility and flexibility both in your muscles and your nerve for sciatic nerve treatment.  The hamstrings pull on the pelvis which consequently causes a pull on the low back, so if this muscle is tight it could further aggravate your low back pain and/or sciatica.

With sciatic nerve pain and sciatic nerve treatment, another important muscle to stretch is your glute muscle, or your buttocks.  Again, this muscle follows along the sciatic nerve, and when tight, pulls on the pelvis which consequently pulls on the lower back.  This stretch may be a bit more difficult, and is most easily done lying down.  Lie down on your back, and bend both of your knees.  Cross one foot on the opposite knee.  Grab the thigh of the leg that is still touching the floor, and pull that knee toward your chest.  You should feel a pull in the side of the buttocks of the crossed leg.

Sciatic Nerve Pain Glute Stretch

You may notice an asymmetry between sides, as the affected side with sciatic nerve pain will likely feel tighter.  However, it is still a good idea to stretch both sides.  Again, for sciatic nerve treatment stretches, (or any other stretches) hold for 15 seconds, do 2 repetitions on each side, at least two times per day.