Yoga for Sciatica
Pain in Lower Back, Burning & Numbness Sensation travelling from buttocks down the back of your legs.
Are you surviving with these kind of sensations and pain? Then,
You might have Sciatica. Yeah, it's bad that it hurts. But Guess What,
You can get relief from Sciatica by practicing Iyengar Yoga and so without any harmful surgery and complications.
Before coming onto how Iyengar Yoga can cure Sciatica Pain completely. First let us know about What is Sciatica & What Causes Sciatica?
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a medical condition which is identified by pain occurring in the region of the body covered by sciatic nerve and the sciatic nerve runs from your lower back to the end of your legs covering the hips and buttocks.
The sciatic nerve controls the movement and sensation in the most part of the legs and the irritation or compression of sciatic nerve results in sciatica.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and the most important nerve in your body. You may feel pain in the whole back and in the front part of the legs if the condition is severe.
People affected with severe sciatica needs surgical treatment which has it’s own side effects, people above 60 years of age face more problems in the surgical process. But,
We at "Live With Yoga" treats Sciatica with Iyengar Yoga with No Pain and No Surgery.
Causes and Risk Factors of Sciatica
Sciatica can be caused by a number of reasons which affects the spine and sciatic nerve of the body. Some of the common causes of the sciatica are :
- Slipped Disc or Herniated Disc - It is the most common cause of sciatica as about 90% of sciatica patients are known to be affected from a slipped disc.
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - It is the narrowing of the spinal cord in the lower back and this narrowing of the spinal cord puts extra pressure on the sciatic nerve and the spine.
- Spondylolisthesis - When one bone covers another bone by extending over it compresses the sciatic nerve.
- Piriformis Syndrome - In some rare cases the piriformis muscle involuntarily contracts which causes sciatica. Piriformis is the muscle which connects the lower region of the spine to the area above the knees.
- Pregnancy - In the later stages of pregnancy there is a risk of fetus creating extra pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Tumour - A
tumorinside the spine can cause the nerve to compress.
- Muscle spasm
Risk factors of Sciatica
- Age - Age-related diseases like a herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica.
- Obesity - Extra body weight creates stress and pressure on the spine.
- Occupation - A job that requires manual or labour work, excessive body movements
- Sitting for a long time.
- Sedentary Lifestyle - Physically inactive people are at more risk of getting sciatica disease as compared to normal people.
Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
The main symptom of sciatica is the pain in the area covered by the sciatic nerve which is the region from the lower back to the legs.
- Only one side of the body is affected in Sciatica.
- Numbness in the legs.
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Tingling and burning in legs
- Weakness in the body
- Difficulty in standing and sitting
- Pain while lifting things.
- There is a rare symptom called incontinence in which a person is unable to control bowels, this condition requires immediate treatment.
Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Sciatica
Some of the important yoga poses for sciatica which need to be done by a sciatica patient are:
- During the treatment all the asanas will be performed with the help of props.
- Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
- The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical condition.
- All will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.
2. Urdhva Hastasana
3. Utthita Trikonasana
5. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
6. Ardha Chandrasana
7. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
8. Utthita Parsva Hasta Padangusthasana
9. Adho Mukha Svanasana
10. Salamba Sirsasana
12. Utthita Marichyasana
13. Supta Bharadvajasana
14. Supta Marichyasana
15. Supta Padangusthasana
16. Lower Back Traction
17. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
18. Supta Baddha Konasana
- Sciatica is a medical condition which is identified by pain occurring in the region of the body covered by sciatic nerve.
- Slipped disk or herniated disk is the most common cause of sciatica.
- Extreme pain and numbness in the lower back region is the most common symptom of sciatica.
- All the asanas must be performed in the proper sequence and under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher.