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Sciatica Exercises for a Herniated Disc
by Dr. Jeffery Tucker, DC
Sciatica is a symptom more than a condition, as it refers to pain which refers down the back of the legs, rather than to the cause of the pain. The cause of Sciatica can be from the lumbar spine, where a disc is irritated and is compressing the sciatic nerve, or this compression can occur at the point where the sciatic nerve passes under (or through in some cases) the piriformis muscles in the buttocks. Studies have found the combination of exercise and manipulation to be an effective treatment combination. Try these gentle exercises for low back and sciatic pain.
Fig 1: Rise up on elbows, keeping hips on floor.
Fig 2: Press up on hands slowly, keeping hips in contact with floor. Relax low back and buttocks.
Fig 3: Standing Backwards bend. With hands on hips and knees slightly bent, arch back slowly and slightly
These are specific exercises for leg pain and other symptoms from a lumbar herniated disc.
For many patients, getting the pain to move up from the leg to the low back is accomplished by getting into a backwards bending position, called extension exercises or press-ups.
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About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB, ATH Co-Editor of Chiropractic, is a rehabilitation specialist, author, lecturer and healer best known for his holistic approach in supporting the body's inherent healing mechanisms and for integrating the art and science of chiropractic, exercise, nutrition and attitudinal health. He instructs for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Chiropractic Rehabilitation Association. He practices in West Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit: www.drjeffreytucker.com.