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What are some exercises for sciatic pain?

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Most exercises to help sciatica pain focus on developing the core and stretching the hamstrings, according to Spine-health.com. Depending on the exact cause of the pain, different exercises that target the problem areas are included. Supplement the routine with an aerobic exercise to improve overall health.

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To improve the flexibility of the lower back, the National Health Service suggests bringing the chest to the knee for a gentle stretch. Begin the stretch by lying on the back and bending the knees with the chin gently tucked into the chest. Keep the torso relaxed. While in this pose, link the hands around one knee and slowly pull the knee toward the chest. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds before releasing the knee, and repeat the stretch with the other leg.

The National Health Service recommends the sciatic mobilizing stretch to mobilize the sciatic nerve and hamstrings. Begin the stretch lying on the back with knees bent and chin tucked in. Grasp behind the knee and pull the leg toward the chest. Slowly straighten the leg and bring the foot closer to the body. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds before releasing the leg and repeating the stretch.

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