Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a commoncondition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resultingin lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinalnerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttockdown the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on eachside of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected.A typical sciatica pain is described as a sharp shooting pain in the lower back, downthe buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burningand tingling sensations. The pain can get
worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing.The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatomedistribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniatedspinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebraeof the spine. With age, the discs become rigid and may crack, the gellike center of thedisc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc.Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine.In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservativetreatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended.Surgery may be needed if the pain doesn't go away after 3 months or more of conservativetreatments. The herniated disc may be removed in a procedure called discectomy. Or, in anotherprocedure called laminotomy, part of the bone of the vertebrae may be cut to make room forthe nerve.
Yoga Twist Workout for Back Pain Sciatica Relief How To Do Half Spinal Yoga Twists
Hi, I'm Manish Pole and this is Neetu Singh,we are part of Total Yoga. In this series of Yoga House tutorials we are looking at Desktop Yoga and specifically what can be done for the back to counter the effects of sitting atthe desk for very long. Sit cross legged and holding your knee and the armrest turn aroundand look at the back. Breathing is normal. After 15 seconds come back to center and crossyour leg the other way, lock your elbow, twist and look at the back. Stretch as much as iscomfortable for you. Remember that you are are twisting, and don't turn the chair and thinkthat you are twisting, and say that you body are twisting. For the standing stretch, seethat one hand is on the opposite shoulder
and holding the hip start to twist the back.Even a simple movement like this goes a long way in ensuring that your central nervoussystem functions optimally. Change to the other side. Ensure that there is no stiffnessin the back, especially if you are sitting 78 hours at your work station. See to itthat the back is kept flexed. So in this tutorial we saw what could be done in terms of spinaltwisting. Most people would start working sitting like this and as the day proceedsthey will then end up working on their desktop or laptop like this which means over a courseof few years gets extremely unfit. So we've seen what we could do with twisting of thespine. In the next tutorial we are going to look
at how we can give the other range of motionto the spine. Keep watching Yoga House tutorials. This is Manish and Neetu from Total Yoga signingoff. Subscribe to Yoga House Channel.