Are there sciatica stretches I can do as a part of a sciatica pain treatment plan?

The debilitating, nagging pain associated with sciatica often leaves sufferers desperate for relief. Its little wonder that some of them ask their doctor, – Are there sciatica stretches I can do as part of a sciatica pain treatment plan. The good news is there are stretches that can be done to alleviate the pain.

Sciatica Pain
Sciatica pain usually occurs in the lower back and legs along the line of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from the lower back down to the feet.

Sciatic pain is most often caused by compression of a nerve root in the lower back. This is commonly due to a bulging or herniated disc.  Other symptoms of sciatic problems include tingling, numbness in the extremities, and muscle weakness.

Sciatica Stretches
The specific exercises to relieve sciatica pain depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Extension exercises that target the specific muscles are the most effective. The best exercises generally extend the lower back, and externally rotate the hip. Stretches for sciatica should be done slowly at first, as the back may not readily tolerate these movements.

PentaVec® (Model 2500) Posture Pump
Patients can also get relief from sciatica pain by using the PentaVec® (Model 2500) by Posture Pump. The PentaVec fits under the lower back, and is equipped with air pillows that are inflated at the start of the exercise. The legs are continuously extended and retracted, helping to decompress the discs and hydrate the joints.

The decompression pedal located at the base of the PentaVec, helps to bring relief to the lowest portion of the back.

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