If gentle twists, folds and seated postures are difficult it is possible to walk instead. Walking can increase circulation in the body. This can increase the strength of your nerves in the words of Rahul Shah, an orthopedic spine surgeon for Spine Universe. He suggests starting with shorter walks in order to increase strength and prevent over-exerting the tender regions. Shah states that walking can improve or worsen sciatic pain. It is therefore essential to be aware of your limits and pay attention to your body. It’s not uncommon to require a break after walking a couple of blocks because for many people with sciatica the legs can become heavy, according to Shah.
Walking regularly can, however, benefit those suffering from sciatica since it releases endorphins that can ease the pain and inflammation (via the spine). To avoid poor posture that can cause symptoms to worsen make shorter strides to stop the pressure on the spine. This will make your pace slow and help prevent injuries. Engage your core muscles to assist your spine. Core support involves standing up (no slumping) and gently drawing your stomach towards the spine. The rhythmic breathing can help increase the efficacy.
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