Sciatica exercises are planned in such a way that they provide relief to the patient from the pain they are experiencing. In order to carry out this activity, it is important to understand the root cause for occurrence of sciatica. All the symptoms and physical changes that are experienced in a patient should be taken into account before planning an exercise program along with medication. As the causes of sciatica differ from person to person, the treatment also varies and hence plays a vital role in reduction of the ailment.
It is important to understand about sciatica before planning for a series of sciatica exercises. Sciatica is defined as a set of symptoms experienced by a patient around sciatic nerve. A single diagnosis cannot be taken into account to find the actual reason behind sciatica. Technically speaking, sciatica is the pain caused due to compression or irritation of nerves present at the lower spine end that make the sciatic nerve. There are different conditions and causes that can cause this situation. Exercises should be planned in such a way that there is an increase in the strength and flexibility of muscles.
After the diagnosis has been carried out, it is now time to sketch sciatica exercises for the same. Most of the exercises prescribed are tailor made for a patient. Different sessions are carried out to slowly improve the condition of the patient. These sessions contain a step-by-step procedure of improving strength and flexibility into the muscles. It is important to understand the posture of the exercises. Any wrong action can result in increased pain of sciatica. It is must for a therapist to have hands-on experience in prescribing and explaining all the exercises that are successful in treating sciatica.
Most of the exercises are carried out lying on the back or lying on the stomach. Though the actions differ from each other, the core phenomenon of all the exercises is to reduce the tension in the muscles and improve muscular strength in the regions of abdomen and legs. All the exercises are repeated in sets of three or more and performed for a time span of 30 seconds. The more the patient can hold in a particular posture, the more the relief they obtain. Sciatica nerve is the longest nerve present in the human system that is originated at the lower back and ends at toes passing through buttocks and thighs.