To cure extreme pain and weakness in the leg from sciatica, you should first relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Exercise to relieve pain and weakness with help from a chiropractor in this free video on spinal disc herniation and sciatica.
Hi, I'm Doctor Ray Wisniewski, America's health care answer man. We're here to talk about how you can eliminate extreme pain and weakness in the leg from sciatica. Number one, let's realize that we need to get to the cause of the problem. And the cause is always one thing. It has to be an irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve. And it could be, and I really shouldn't even say, just the sciatic nerve because even somebody like Christopher Reeves had a problem here, yet he couldn't even move his legs. So, anything within the nerve system can affect that. Most commonly it's going ti be pressure on the sciatic nerve itself. And the nerve runs from the lower back down the leg. So, it's going to cause pain, numbness, weakness on either the back of the leg, side of the leg. And that can be caused either from a bulging disc or a herniated disc. It can be cause from muscles spasms, particularly of the piriformis muscle, or most commonly, a stenosis of the innerverble foramen at the lower lumbar spine. In other words, the bones move out of position of the lumbar spine, and they encroach and pinch off the lumbar, the sciatic nerve, radiating down the leg. So, there's a couple things we need to do for this. Number one, realize getting to the cause if it's a herniated disc, we need to correct that. And there's ways to naturally correct that. You can lay on your back and bend your knees, put pillows under your knees, and that's going to take off the strain on the lumbar spine. By doing this, that will open up that vertebra, allowing more room for the sciatic nerve and you will not be pinching and choking that sciatic nerve. The greatest single thing that you can do though, is to correct the malpositioning of the lumbar spine. Because you cannot have this, you cannot have pressure on the nerve, you cannot have a herniated disc unless there is a misalignment of the lumbar spine, what we refer to as a subluxation creating that pressure on the nerve. So, we're going to correct the subluxation, correct the pressure on the nerve. We're going to go in our proper position, for instance, lay on your back, put a pillow under your knees that's going to take pressure off the nerve. You can lay on your side, and put a pillow between your knees. You can actually use certain braces and increase the inter abdominal pressure so that you don't have pressure on those nerves. You don't want to twist. You don't want to; you know a lot of times you get this feeling that you want to twist. Do not twist; you can create more of a herniated disc with this. Your can do a piriforma stretch, which is where we cross the one leg over the other leg pull the knees towards the chest. That's going to take some pressure off. Great exercise, laying on your back, point your knees toward your chest, increases that disk space, takes pressure off the nerve. Those are some of the things you can do to completely eliminate nerve pain from sciatica.