Exercise To Reduce Sciatica Back Pain
What I Thought Would Help But Did Not
At age 32 I was hit with very severe sciatica as a result of
"overdoing" it in the weight room. I could not drive a car for
more than 15 minutes without suffering pain. So, I thought "I
better take it easy." Friends and family urged me to give up
on my regular exercise routine of jogging 3-4 miles every other
day and let my back heal up. The back problem only became worse
and worse however!
A Visit To The Chiropractor Sheds Some Light On My Problem
I finally visited a recommended chiropractor and he gave me a
thorough checkup including an x-ray in addition to adjusting my
back. My chiropractor revealed that I had a common genetic
condition where the clearance between my vertebrae and nerve was
fairly low. Thus, any inflammation would result in the nerve
being pinched. My spine, being out of alignment, placed
pressure on this nerve when I was in the sitting position.
Here was the surprise however: My recent lack of exercise was
making this problem worse!
How Did Jogging and Other Exercise Help My Back?
My chiropractor indicated that as we age, our back problems become
worse. This is because the muscles in our back lose their
ability to hold our spine in place. When our spine is not
held in place, it can easily go out of alignment and put pressure
on the sciatica nerve. Also, as we age, we lose bone mass
and also disk mass. The disks play a critical role in
keeping our back in alignment. The jogging requires one to
continually flex back and stomach muscles in addition to the leg
muscles. Also, jogging is a good way to prevent bone loss as
The old saying "Use it or lose it" applies to your muscles.
And your muscles help keep your spine in alignment. My condition
did improve greatly after I got back into my regular exercise
For Severe Back Problems, See Your Physician or Chiropractor
For Exercises To Do
Jogging and other exercise worked for me but jogging is generally
not a recommended exercise for sufferers of sciatica pain. At
SpineHealth.Com there are some recommended exercise for
sufferers of sciatica.