When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, there is a biological response to try to remove it. Inflammation can be uncomfortable, but it means that the body is starting to heal itself.
January 30, 2020
Ever feel so exhausted at the end of a long, busy day? Surely, it’s no longer new to most of us. In fact, we may have been used to it at this point since we spend most of our time working for 8-9 hours a day (or more), 5-6 days a week.
Our bodies get used to being busy that any sign of pain or discomfort slowly becomes a mere muscle memory that we end up ignoring because we believe it’s part of our daily lives. But always bear this in mind: What we do everyday takes a toll on our bodies – regardless if your work requires heavy physical activities (like lifting, doing field work) or by simply sitting for long hours on your desk.
Try to picture this: You get home after a very busy day at work, you take off your clothes and off you go to bed. But suddenly you felt a burning, tingling, searing pain traveling from your buttocks down the back of your leg.
If this sounds familiar, you might be dealing with sciatic nerve pain.1
Yes, it does hurt. But the good thing about it is that there are things you can do to help relieve the pain. And one of those is yoga.
What is sciatica?
Having sciatica affects the buttocks, legs, and back. Symptoms may consist of weakness, numbness, tingling, and burning, as well as moderate to extreme pain.
This is because of an irritation of the longest nerves in your body, the sciatic nerves, which run bilaterally from the base of the spine, through the buttocks and down the back of each leg.
When untreated, sciatica can be severe and may affect your quality of life, making it uncomfortable to walk or sit.2
How can yoga help?
There are many different types of yoga depending on what people want from it and a person's current level of physical fitness.
If your sciatic nerve is being aggravated by a tight muscle, yoga is a great remedy. Several yoga positions are used by physical therapists to relieve the pain of sciatica caused by herniated discs.2
People with certain conditions, such as sciatica, should approach yoga slowly and with caution. Since the pain is caused by a nerve, yoga poses can provide relief by stretching the surrounding muscles.
Below are the poses that you can do to help ease the nerve pain:
Other ways to help with nerve pain
If doing these stretches have helped your condition, don’t stop there. Having a healthy diet and taking vitamin B-Complex daily can also help improve your nerves’ condition.
It’s also important to consult your doctor whenever you are feeling something unusual with your body.