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Posted Oct 20 2010 10:02am

As I'm really suffering with terrible sciatica at the moment, I thought an article on the right type of exercises to do for sciatica might help others who are suffering like me.

Stretching is the main exercise recommended to alleviate sciatic pain. The stretches are designed to target muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible.

Its a case of trying to limber up the muscles in your back, buttocks, thighs, and calves which may be aggravating the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your entire body, which spans the length of your lower back and travels down your buttock and legs.

A hamstring stretch will help to strengthen the muscles along the nerve in your upper thigh area. The easiest way to do a hamstring stretch is to sit on the floor with one leg extended and the other folded. Try and reach down and touch your toes holding the position to the count of ten then repeat the stretch changing legs.

If you cannot manage that then another good one is to lie down on the floor and hold your left knee and pull it towards your right shoulder. You really need to pull the knee and foot across your body, then hold this position for around half a minute and repeat with the other leg. This is the only one I can manage when I'm having a really bad day with it.

Of course with any exercises always check with your GP or health care provider that this type of exercise is suitable for your condition.

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