Sciatica. It’s a well-known word. Just about everyone experiences – or knows someone who experiences – what’ commonly referred to as “sciatica pain”. And, usually, it’s just referred to as sciatica.
What is sciatica?
The term itself coves a lot of ground. Sciatica is a nerve; it’s the largest and longest nerve. Starting at the lower back, it moves down along the back of the leg.
Sciatica is also the term used to define the pain that transmits along this large and long nerve. This is pain that goes from the lower back, buttocks, down the legs, even to the knees and ankles. Typically, those who experience lower back problems like commercial drivers, long-distance commuters, and clerical employees as well as those who are older or obese deal with lower back problems.
Essentially, since it results from sitting too much, sciatica pain is shared by many, many people. And, because it’s so prevalent the term sciatica has become a very well know word, symptom, and nerve.
Since sitting is the primary culprit of most lower back pain and sciatica, because of the added pressure to the spine that sitting causes, exercise is the activity that can relieve it. And there happens to be one form of exercise that is accessible, pleasant rewarding and productive for all types of people who suffer from sciatica.
The Hatha Yoga – Sciatica Connection
When the word Hatha is broken down and translated, it means opposites balancing. Contextually, this means hatha yoga is a balance between rest and activity. You are still, and then you are in motion when you practice hatha yoga.
The motion or activities you’re involved in are stretching your body through poses; the rest portion of this form of yoga refers to holding the poses.
Hatha yoga is focused on bone, i.e., skeletal health. It’s all about aligning your spine. Anyone suffering from any degree of sciatica needs to lengthen as well as strengthen their spines and the muscle supporting the spine. That’s exactly what Hatha yoga’s’ poses and postures are dedicated to accomplishing.
When you do the poses of hatha yoga, you’re stretching in such a way that your entire body is lengthened and stretched. This will create better posture. Then, when each pose is held, your exercising and supporting your muscles. Strengthening back muscles assures that they all collaborate so the spine doesn’t become compressed. A compressed spine can result in sciatica. So, it’s very important to prevent that from happening.
Yoga postures are referred to as asanas. Practicing these postures and poses also hopes to stretch your hips and legs. With regular practice, you’ll become more flexible, this physical improvement can then lead to better posture and enable you to become more mobile.
Basically, once your skeletal health has improved so too will your ability to relive the spine of weight. As you become more and more flexible and mobile, additional physical health improvements become evident. Your muscles in the upper part of your back will loosen while you’re gaining strength in the muscles in the core abdominal region of your body.
In total, the benefits of hatha yoga make it a practice and treatment well worth pursuing those who surfer form any degree of sciatica.
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