Sciatica is a painful condition which is characterized by a sharp and burning ache, and even numbness, and difficulties to move or stand.
It is a result of an irritation or an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, and the pain stretches all along it, down to the feet. It intensifies due to prolonged periods of standing and sitting.
Yet, this condition is conventionally treated with medications and painkillers, which can cause numerous side effects, and just numb the pain, instead of addressing its root cause.
On the other hand, people claim that they effectively relieve the symptoms of sciatica with the help of a few simple exercises, that treat the inflammation and irritation of the nerve.
Stretching is the most successful treatment for sciatica, as it treats the inflammation, and helps one move freely again. These exercises are performed on a flat surface.
The following 2 are the most beneficial, as they accelerate the recovery, soothe the pain, and relax the muscles:
Lying on a yoga mat on the floor, bend the knee, and cross it over the thigh of the other leg. Make sure you do not lift the buttock of the ground and pull the knee to the chest. Hold for 40 seconds, and repeat.
Begin in the same position on the floor, and then bend the painful leg, cross it over the other, and pull it towards the chest. When you feel the stretch, hold for 30 seconds, and release. Repeat a few more times.