Sciatic Nerve

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Sciatic Nerve

Well my past is catching up to me. I was a high jumper for 7 years among other things. I'm sure I could have benefited from going to a chiropractor, but never have. I've had Lower back pain in the past that's come and gone and I usually just do some yoga, but I'm thinking this current pain is def. the sciatic nerve pain that I hear about. Lower back all the way down to the knee. There's no way I'm going to pay to go to a chiropractor at this point, so I was wondering what others have done. I just took some Tylenol, went on a walk to the park with Abby and now I'm about to try some Yoga. I didn't feel the pain during the walk. It actually felt great to get out of the house after a week of bad weather, but now sitting down I can feel it like crazy! Any paticular yoga poses, excersizes, etc????

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Putting Feet on Step stool

This may or may not work for you, but it works for me most of the time. When you start feeling the pain, place your feet on a small footstool instead of directly on the ground. It takes a while, but I notice the pain slowly dissipates when I do this.

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That is exactly the pain I am having. I avoid chiropractors (even though my friends DH is one), but only because the one's I have been to before are all too pushy to me, like make you come in way too much during the week and require you to take monthly seminars on how to maintain a healthy back. It was just so annoying to me! Plus my insurance isn't the greatest when it comes to chiropractors. The nurse I talked to yesterday told me to just take tylenol and use a heating pad on back, but only limit to one hour. I was told by my doctor that if it gets worse than she will refer me to physical therapy....I'm so hoping it doesn't come down to that though. I did physical therapy for 3 months straight last year on the same leg that has been giving me problems. Sad Hope your pain goes away for you soon. Mine seems to be a little better today.

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I do a lot of stretching exercises that seem to help my lower back.

The 'cat and cow' where you're on all 4's and you round your back up and hold that for 5-10 seconds. Then arch it down and hold that for 5-10. Do like 5 sets of those. Then I lay on my back and alternate pulling one leg up to my chest and holding it there for 5-10 seconds. Do 5 sets of those. Then I do the 'spine twist' thing where I'm laying on my back and I cross my right leg over my left at hip level so my back twists. Hold that for 5 seconds or so and do 2 sets of those. That USUALLY helps but not always.

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"rbrooks14332" wrote:

I do a lot of stretching exercises that seem to help my lower back.

The 'cat and cow' where you're on all 4's and you round your back up and hold that for 5-10 seconds. Then arch it down and hold that for 5-10. Do like 5 sets of those. Then I lay on my back and alternate pulling one leg up to my chest and holding it there for 5-10 seconds. Do 5 sets of those. Then I do the 'spine twist' thing where I'm laying on my back and I cross my right leg over my left at hip level so my back twists. Hold that for 5 seconds or so and do 2 sets of those. That USUALLY helps but not always.

I do the same (actually my chiropractor told me to do these) plus lying on my back with my legs bent and just doing a pelvic lift and really focusing on my back slowing curling up and extending flat to feel it stretch out. Sometimes if I do the spine twist after it will kindof pop back into place on it's own. Coupled with the heating pad afterwards.

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Yeah, the "cat" and the "cow" are two that I've done since high jumping in high school. thanks for the other tips as well. Today two tylenol, the walk and some stretches seems to help. I think I have a heating pad in a box somewhere. I haven't totally unpacked....not for lack of time, but for lack of motivation. Feeling much better now though. THANKS!!!!!!

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I took a yoga class with DS and it helped SOOOOO much. It was actually the only thing that every worked for me. I don't remember the pose names though! I'm sorry

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"scotty620" wrote:

I do the same (actually my chiropractor told me to do these) plus lying on my back with my legs bent and just doing a pelvic lift and really focusing on my back slowing curling up and extending flat to feel it stretch out. Sometimes if I do the spine twist after it will kindof pop back into place on it's own. Coupled with the heating pad afterwards.

LOL glad I didn't go to a chiro then. I'd have been mad if I paid good money for them to tell me to do stuff I"m already doing!