Every day the activities we do cause a large amount of wear and tear on us and our bodies. This is why it is so important to stretch when needed, even if the activities seem relatively minor or not difficult at all. Our bodies need to stretch to maintain our range of motion and flexibility, along with just staying healthy as we get older.
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Unfortunately it is a sad fact that most people will experience Sciatica pain at least once in their lives. Since this nerve travels from the lower back to the toes, the pain can occur at any place that the nerve is located. Stretching is one of the best things that can be done to relieve this pain, and there is one very easy stretch that can be done each morning that does just that.
The hamstring is located in the back of the thigh and is actually made up of three muscles whose main purposes are to bend the knees and also create hip extension. The sciatic nerve runs alongside the hamstring and is responsible for sending the sensory and motor signals to the muscle, and if the muscle gets too tight it can pinch the nerve and cause sciatica pain. Fortunately, if you do this simple stretch each morning you can keep the muscle loose and help prevent any pinching from occurring:
- Sit on the edge of the bed with legs hanging down and feet on the floor if possible
- Lift one leg and stretch it out in front of you. Keep your knee locked.
- While sitting up straight with your shoulders back, lean forward slowly towards the outstretched leg until you feel a bit of a pull on the back of the leg. Keep your leg straight while doing so, and don't overstretch!
- Hold this position for between 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release and repeat with the other leg. This should be done at least 3 times with each leg.
This stretch needs to be done every morning for it to be beneficial, but because it's so easy it should be no problem for most anyone to do!
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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