Gentle, low-impact exercises are the commonly recommended exercises for someone with back pain or sciatica, notes Spine-health. Two exercises that meet these standards are water therapy and walking. However, a doctor should approve any exercises for a person who has sciatica or back pain.
Water aerobics are a good option for most people because the water provides resistance that allows the muscles to be strengthened. The water also helps to support a person's weight and negates part of the gravitational pull on the body, according to Spine-health.
Losing weight can often help to reduce back pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The movement of daily exercises, while helping to lose weight, can help to condition the back and increase blood flow.