Sciatica, Nerve Inflammation, Tips for Relief

Sciatica, Nerve Inflammation, Tips for Relief

November 10, 2018 By ellen

    Sciatica is a nerve inflammation that affects 40% of the human population.  Many individuals live with chronic pain of this nature, which involves your nerves.

    The Pain Factor

    Our muscles in our body are not isolated but connected to each other.  When nerve pain affects us, these nerves run through our muscles. Since the sciatic nerve runs through the lower back near the buttocks and down both of the legs, it can also lead to hip pain, knee pain and even pain in the lower leg. Those deeper tissues in the buttocks are aggravated and inflame the sciatic nerve.


    Piriformis Syndrome

    Also, The piriformis muscle is the primary muscle that supports the outward movements of your leg, foot, and hip. It is the muscle that connects the spine to the femur at the top of that bone. When the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle, it can lead to a condition known as piriformis syndrome.


    Painful Symptoms

    The syndrome usually starts with pain, tingling, and numbness near the lower back. Pain can be severe and extend down the length of the sciatic nerve.  Sometimes loss of bladder control is a part of the sciatic pain. Nerve pain can appear at any time, and this type of pain is crippling and immobilizes a person.  Spasms in the back are a part of this syndrome.


    Everyone has some level of back pain, but the nerve pain is difficult to live with because there are certain triggers. There are certain actions that aggravate the sciatic nerve. Sitting, lifting, and injury put pressure on the piriformis muscle. With chronic pain, people take painkillers or muscle relaxers, but the pain can be addressed another way.

    Stretching Treats the Cause of the Nerve Pain

    There are ten stretches that can help the piriformis muscle from becoming inflamed and affecting the sciatic nerve:

    3. Outer Hip Piriformis Stretch

    The leg stretches should assist in chronic pain by stretching out the muscles in the affected area.

    Working Your Spine

    A lot of the stretches below may work your spine, so warm up before the stretching and consult a physician to prevent a risk of injury.  Please click on the links below to view videos on specific stretches.

    Sciatic pain treated properly can prevent inflammation in the body. 

    4.Buttocks Stretch for the Piriformis Muscle:

    5.Long Adductor (Groin) Stretch:

    6. Hip Extension Exercise:

    7.Side Lying Clam Exercise:

    8.Seated Stretch:

    9.Short Adductor (Inner Thigh) Stretch:

    10.Supine Piriformis Side Stretch: