Pain in the sciatic nerve can run from the spine to the leg. Most people feel the pain on only one side of the body. Though medication can help alleviate the symptoms, exercise therapy that aims to stretch the sciatic nerve and surrounding muscles can also offer relief and can serve as a useful supplement to allopathic options. However, check with your doctor before doing these stretches, and use pain as your guide. If a stretch worsens the pain, don't do it.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and a firm cushion or book under your head. Raise one knee toward your chest by grasping above your knee (lower hamstring) with both hands. From this position, stretch the leg toward the ceiling. Hold the position for 20 to 30 seconds, then return the leg to the ground. Repeat with the other leg.
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