Revealed: A 30 second Self-Test and the #1 Single Best Exercise for Relief for Sciatica
Recently I was doing some research on Sciatica and lower back pain treatments and I stumbled on some information that I thought you or someone you know might find valuable. Have you or someone you know and care about ever:
Missed work due to Sciatica or back pain?
Missed out on a family vacation or activity because you were afraid to aggravate your Sciatica?
Found yourself worrying more about your pain, numbness and tingling rather than living your life?
Simply put, Sciatica has 3 Common causes:
Stenosis or Arthritis
Pelvic or SI Joint Problem
When you match the right treatment with the right problem, the symptoms should go away...almost immediately, there are exceptions: (comorbidities, surgery, chronic injections, and medicines).
Have you ever seen the lady who has to lean on her shopping cart as she is walking through Target? The reason she does that is usually because of Stenosis in the lower back. Successful treatment usually involves 1) flexing forward, 2) hands on physical therapy.
If she would do the wrong type of treatment, let's say the treatment for a herniated disc, she is going to be in a lot more pain and the Symptoms in her leg may actually be worse!
Here are 2 important tools I want you to have (or if you are feeling fine, you can pass them on to someone who may need them).
1. A 30 self-test that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home to see if you really have Sciatica.
Self-Test for Sciatica
Sitting on a chair, look down.
Straighten one leg, with toes in the air.
Repeat for the other side.
What it means: If your leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up (straighten) as high as the other leg, you likely have Sciatica.
Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your Sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment...we can help you with that.
2. Single best Exercise for Sciatica
The number one, single best exercise to do for Sciatica relief: Standing Back Bend
(The most common cause of Sciatica is a herniated disc. If this exercise does not help, call our office at 651-501-2010 to schedule an appointment.)
Standing with hands-on hips, feet shoulder width apart.
Bend backwards until a stretch is felt. Hold 5 Seconds, repeat 20 times.