Have you ever heard of sciatica? Sciatica describes pain caused by inflammation in the sciatic nerve, which is the longest running nerve in the human body.

Although sciatica is pretty hard to treat as painkillers rarely work, there are two easy ways which can reduce your pain quickly.

Besides inflammation, sciatica can also be caused by lumbar disc hernia, degenerative lumbar disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis and osteophytes in the spinal column.

The condition manifests through sharp back pain which can leave you immobile, constant pain in the buttocks and lower back, and pain that goes through the left buttock down to the leg and foot. Sciatica may also cause numbness and tingling in the legs.

The main thing you need to know about the simple exercises you can see below is that you need to move just within your possibilities.

Some people can move more than others when suffering from the condition, and it’s important not to exaggerate the movement in order to prevent further injuries.

Start with gentle movements first and increase the frequency and intensity as the pain goes away.

Here are the exercises:

Sciatica exercise #1

Stand on the floor with your arms and legs stretched and relaxed.

Now, gently raise the affected leg and use your hands to bring it up to your shoulder. Hold for up to 30 seconds, then repeat the exercise a few times per leg.

Sciatica exercise #2

Lie down on the floor and bend your legs, then cross them over and bring them to the chest.

Hold the position until you feel the stretch, then stay in that position for half a minute before relaxing.

Repeat the exercise as much times as you like.

Both exercises have helped many people get some much-needed relief, and can be performed as many times a day as you like.

Try them yourself and you will be amazed by the results!