7 sources of sciatica relief (slideshow)

1. Stretching and Yoga

Since sciatica can start when the nerve is pinched at either the spinal level or by the piriformis muscle, a triangular shaped muscle in your buttocks, stretching and yoga can give you relief. Poses that strengthen your core muscles and stretch the piriformis are especially helpful.

Tip: To stretch the piriformis while seated (at home or at work,) simply cross the ankle of one foot over the knee of the opposite leg and bend forward at the waist. Hold for 30 seconds and slowly release. Do this three times, and then repeat on the opposite side.

Read: Cat stretch yoga pose for lower back pain

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.