Back pain is among the leading causes of disability in the United States. Low back pain is particularly on the rise—over 80 percent of Americans will experience a stint of low back pain at some point, according to a 2009 University of North Carolina study.
While medicinal treatment options like anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections can provide temporary relief of painful symptoms, they don’t have to be your go-to option. In fact, there are a number of easy self-care approaches that involve no medicine at all.
When it comes to improving sciatica, stretching is one of your greatest allies. Not surprisingly, a number of studies have found a link between yoga and sciatica relief. It’s little wonder so many patients are skipping the pharmacy and opting to stretch away their sciatica instead. Here are some effective stretches for taking pressure off the sciatic nerve.