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8 Easy Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Sciatica and Lower Back Pain In 30 Minutes

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The sciatic nerve is the longest one in the body and it begins at the base of the spine and goes down through the muscles of the thigh and calf to the foot.

Every single person has around a 40% chance of suffering sciatica pain during his lifetime, and even though the pain may not be chronic, it is often intense and incredibly unpleasant. Yet, not all sciatica issues lead to pain, as at times, they may only lead to weakness in the knees and a tingling sensation in the legs.

These are the most common symptoms of sciatica issues:

  • along the sciatic nerve, felt in the lower back, buttock, back side of the thigh or calf.
  • A tingling, electric, pinching, burning, or pins-and-needles sensation
  • Weakness that leads to buckling of the knees as soon as you stand up from a sitting position.
  • Reduced reflexes in the knee and Achilles tendon.
  • Foot drop: the condition when you cannot flex the ankles enough in order to walk on the heels.
  • Numbness, fatigue, as well as a loss of feeling in the feet and/or legs.

Causes of sciatica pain

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This pain may be a result of a herniation in the lumbar spine. It is the spine part which curves inward, close to the lower-middle back. If you experience this pain, you should immediately consult your doctor in order to treat it properly.

However, around 70% of all sciatica cases occur as a result of the piriformis, which belongs to the rare small muscles that rotate the hip and help you turn the thigh out.

Alleviating sciatica pain

There are several back stretches that can help you alleviate sciatica pain, especially if it is a result of the piriformis. these stretches are actually yoga poses that successfully stretch the lower back and thus prevent or reduce sciatica pain.

Here is how to perform them:
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