Sciatic Nerve Cow

Best Stretches for Sciatica

Hello I'm Heather Moore owner ofTotal Performance Physical Therapy. Today we're going to go over the best exercisesfor sciatica. There's really one main stretch that you can do a bunch of different waysif you're getting numbness and tingling down your leg, if you'r e getting pain throughyour back, in your butt you should do this stretch multiple times throughout the day,when you do it you want to try and hold it for about 30 seconds, you want to try andperform 6 repetitions if you can't do it for that long that's okay hold it for as longas you can, if for any reason these are going to increase your pain you need to stop immediatelyand call your but this should alleviate

a lot of your body pain specially if you aresitting for a long period of time or you get a lot of pain down your leg. The first oneis in the seated position you want to sit up nice and straight, you want to cross yourankle over your knee if you feel a stretch there that's where you need to stop, if youdon't feel a stretch there all you wann do is sit up and lean forward and you shouldfeel a greater stretch through your butt, through your hamstring which is in the backof your leg and through the side of your leg, you may even feel a little bit on your backdepending on where your tight is again this shouldn't hurt and should feel like a goodstretch, you could do this sitting at your

desk all day long, you also want to make surethat you concentrate on both sides not just the side that hurts, piriformis muscle whichis what this is stretching on both sides and will tag evenly on your sacrum or your tailbone so you want to make sure that you do both sides and not just one. The next wayto do this stretch is standing up, you want to find a surface where you can put your leg,your hip at about 90 degrees and you're going to bring your foot up and you're just goingto have it lay on the table and you're going to let your knee drop to the side, if yourknee doesn't fall all the way down that's okay, don't force it down let it just staythere again if you get, if you're in this

position and you don;t feel a stretch youcan now begin to lean forward, you're going to feel the stretch in your back, in yourglut, in your hamstring and all the side of your leg, this should not be painful it shouldfeel like a nice stretch this one also you want to do 30 seconds hold about 6 repetitionsand you want to make sure that you hit both sides. The final way to do this stretch islaying down, so you want to lay on your back and this is a good thing to do when you getup in the morning, go ahead and bend both your knees up and then you're going to crossyour ankle over your knee, now again if this is where you feel a stretch stop right thereand hold it, if you don't feel a stretch in

this position you're going to reach both armsbehind this leg and you're going to pull it up towards your chest, you should feel a stretchagain in the back, in the glut, in the hamstring or maybe even on the side of the leg, it shouldnot hurt it should feel like a nice gentle stretch, you want to hold this about 30 secondsand you want to do about 6 of those you can do this as many times during the day as youwould like there is no set number or times that you can do this, anytime your tight youcan do this and it will not harm you.

Seated Hamstring Stretch 1

This is a seated hamstring stretch. It isnice to perform if you are stuck in a sitting position for a long time, like a long cartrip, or at the office. All you need is a chair, or a couch. What you are going to dois sit on the edge. You are going to extend the leg out in front of you that you wantto stretch, sit up nice and tall, so that you are not slumping through your lower back.You want to be all the way up, nice neutral spine position, then — maintaining thatposition — you are going to slowly lean forward, until you feel a stretch in the backof your thigh. Hold that position for about thirty seconds to a minute and then you canback out of it. You want to make sure that

when you are doing the stretch, you are notletting your knee bend. If you find that your knee does keep bending, you can use your handsto put gentle pressure above your knee cap on your thigh and help hold it in a straightenedposition. And that is your seated hamstring stretch.

Pregnancy Piriformis Stretch

I'm going to show you how to do a PiriformisStretch, which is a stretch for the muscle back here in your bottom of your glutes, whichcan sometimes contribute to sciatic nerve pain that is common during pregnancy. So,if you can do it laying down on your back and bringing your leg forward, as I did inprevious exercise tutorials, then go ahead and do it that way. If your stomach's gettinglarger and it's too hard to either lay on your back, it's uncomfortable, or you can'tget your leg pulled up, then another way to do it is with an elevated surface, so a tableor the back of a couch, something that's just higher up for you. What you're going to dois hold on for balance, bring the leg up that

you want to stretch, have it supported acrossyour lower leg up through your knee, and then you're just going to sit down into the stretchhere. If you sit down and you already feel a stretch there, then you can just hold thatposition. If you don't quite feel a stretch yet, you can lean forward over it, dependingon how big your belly is, if you can get into that position. Again, just waiting until youfeel a stretch right through here. Hold that position, about 30 seconds to a minute, whatever'scomfortable for you. And then come back out of it, repeat sides. If you feel any pain,cramping, or contractions during this stretch, then definitely stop and get ahold of your. This is your Piriformis Stretch.

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