Two out of every three adults suffer from low back pain at some time. Back pain is the No. 2 reason adults visit a doctor and the No. 1 reason for orthopedic visits. It keeps people home from work and interferes with routine daily activities, recreation, and exercise.
The good news is that for 9 out of 10 patients with low back pain, the pain is acute, meaning it is short-term and goes away within a few days or weeks. There are cases of low back pain, however, that take much longer to improve, and some that need evaluation for a possible cause other than muscle strain or arthritis.
Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight.
The lumbar pain is a common disorder which involves the muscles, low back, nerves, and bones. This pain can spread to the upper legs, calves, knees and feet. It is characterized by a strong pain, burning sensation, and numbness of the legs. The pain can vary from a constant pain to a sudden sharp feeling.
There can be an intense pain in the lumbar area, or it can spread only in one leg. The pain can become intensified at night or after long sitting, standing, coughing, sneezing or stress.
If you experience such a pain, consult your doctor for appropriate medication. Make sure you avoid treating this pain with conventional treatments which include medications and painkillers. These methods can often be ineffective and even harm your organs.
If treat this pain with some simple exercises for muscle stretching, it will be gone for a very short period.
Exercises for Stretching the Sciatic Nerve:
Some stretching exercises will help you reduce inflammation in the body and ease the sciatic pain.
In the beginning, it might not be easy, because all of the exercises should be performed slowly but as you breathe out, you will increase the stretches.
1. Lie flat on the floor, bend the painful leg and slightly pull it towards your shoulder. Once you feel a stretch, hold the leg in that position for half a minute.
Then loose the leg, take a short break and repeat the exercise twice.
2. Bend your knees and pull them toward your chest. Make sure you do not lift the buttocks from the floor. Cross the legs, pull the healthy leg with your hand as shown in the picture.
Stay in this position for half a minute and then return to the original position. Repeat this stretch two times.
These exercises will eliminate the stagnation in the muscles, improve the blood circulation and promote a recovery.