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Pain in the sciatic nerve can run from the spine to the leg. Typically, you feel pain in only one side of the body. You can usually alleviate the pain with medication. While allopathic medicines have the highest success rate in treating sciatica, many individuals get relief from exercise therapy. The following eight exercises help stretch the sciatic nerve and other muscles to speed recovery.

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1. Nerve Mobilizing Stretch

Lie on your back with your knees bent and a cushion/book/hard pillow 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 you are grasping, pointing in the direction of the ceiling. Hold the position for 20-30 seconds and release. Bring the leg and knee to the original position. Repeat with the other leg.

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