Four yoga poses to help treat sciatica
If you’re dealing with sciatica, certain yoga poses may be able to help you alleviate your symptoms. Before exploring some yoga stretches as a sciatica treatment option, though, you should consult with your physician to determine whether this is a safe option for you. Similarly, if you experience excessive pain or your symptoms become more severe while doing a specific pose or motion, you should stop immediately to prevent your condition from worsening.
With that in mind, here are four basic yoga poses to try that may be helpful as a sciatica treatment:
- Seated twist. Start by sitting on your mat with your right leg on the ground and folded in. Bring your left knee up toward you and set your left foot over your other leg. With your spine straight, slowly start to twist your torso to the left until you feel the stretch. Hold for a moment and then switch to repeat the activity on the other side.
- Pigeon pose. Start in a seated position with your right leg on the ground and folded in, as before. Take your left leg and straighten it behind you. From there, begin to fold your torso forward, using your arms for support to stretch the hip flexors. Repeat on the other side.
- Cobra pose. Lie flat on your stomach. Place your palms flat on the floor on either side of you and use them to push your torso up while keeping your hips planted on the ground for a gentle back bend.
- Staff pose. Sit on the ground with both legs extended straight in front of you. Slowly bend your torso forward while keeping your spine straight to stretch the hamstrings.
Treatment at Laser Spine Institute
Many individuals are able to use yoga and other conservative methods as effective sciatica treatment options. However, if that is not the case for you and symptoms persist, you may want to consider surgery. Laser Spine Institute surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery, which is often clinically appropriate versus traditional open back surgery. If you’d like to find out if you are a candidate for outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute, we can provide a free MRI review* to help determine this.
For more information on our minimally invasive treatment options or the spinal conditions we treat, contact Laser Spine Institute today.