Sciatica is a condition that causes a variety of symptoms, most notable of which is pain radiating from the lower back or buttocks, down to the leg, and the foot. When left untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage, loss of feeling, and even loss of bladder control.
Luckily, you can treat it with exercise. Performing several Pilates exercises have been proven to help relieve the pain caused by sciatica. While there are several exercises that you should definitely avoid while affected by sciatica, these five Pilates exercises have been proven to aid sciatic pain.
- Lie on the floor, raise your knees up but keep your feet grounded. While keeping your back as flat on the ground as possible, raise your hips as high as you can, hold it for a few seconds, and then slowly bring them down.
2. Abdominal Curl
- Lay flat on your back with your knees up, and bend your upper body upwards while keeping your lower back on the floor. Hold this for a few seconds before slowly releasing and moving back down.
3. Leg Circles -
Lie on your back, raise one leg, point your foot and, while trying to keep your body as flat as possible, draw circles in the air. Repeat this with your other leg.
4. Swan -
Lie flat on your stomach and place your hands underneath your raised shoulders. With your arms, lift your upper body up as high as you can without lifting and straining your lower back. Hold this for a few seconds before slowly coming back down.
5. Reclined Hamstring Stretch -
For this exercise, you’re going to need a Pilates ring, like the Pilates Ring Pro
by Coquet Joli™. Lie down, place one grip of the Pilates Ring Pro
on your foot and grasp the other grip with your hands. While keeping your pelvis on the floor, pull your leg towards your head, and slowly bring it down.
The Pilates Ring Pro
works out both your lower back and your thighs, can serve as an easy, cheap solution to your back problems, and will help you avoid those costly hospital trips and expensive prescriptions! Putting in a short workout with a Pilates Ring Pro
is not just a simple home remedy that can cure the pain, but it will also work to keeping you fit and healthy enough to reduce the risk of contracting sciatica in the future. A few minutes working with a Pilates Ring Pro
every day and you should be fine!