Performing exercises for sciatica can put you on the fast track toward a lasting cure.
However, the wrong kind of exercise for sciatic pain or even performing the exercise at the wrong time can have negative consequences.
Abnormal pressure or irritation to the sciatic nerve is the cause the sciatica symptoms. The first thing that needs to be done is discovering what is causing the pressure or irritation.
Removing or relieving the cause will then relieve the symptoms and correct the problem.
You can do this by performing specific exercises for sciatica relief that, by their very nature, will reduce the pressure. Or, by the body's very reaction to these sciatica exercises, will balance the muscles, improve posture and alignment, increase muscular endurance and relax spasm.
Some reasons why sciatica exercise may be of benefit are because they can:
To start performing any exercises for sciatica pain or doing them haphazardly will most likely just addfuel to the fire.
There needs to be a rhyme and reason for each exercise. In other words, there needs to be a purpose (a desired outcome) depending on the stage of your condition.
The desired outcome of exercises for sciatica is sixfold:
Each stage in the process of healing the sciatic nerve requires specific sciatica exercises and protocol.
Attempting to strengthen the spine before correcting or eliminating the cause will be futile. Because, pain will either persist or worsen and this will prevent proper execution of the exercises you are attempting to perform.
Here is another example of how you can worsen your condition by doing the wrong sciatica pain exercise. If you stretch a spastic muscle prematurely and at the same time do not treat and eliminate offending trigger points you only create more pain and spasm.
Here is a chart that shows what your goals are and the kinds of sciatica relief exercises to do to achieve those goals.
Develope Core Strength
Stabilize Lumbo-pelvic Spine
Improve Muscle Balance
High Repetition Resistance
Resistance, Core, Stretching
The stage of your recovery, whether acute, sub-acute or chronic, will determine the type of exercise, which exercise, the frequency, intensity and duration.