Increase exercise

Exercise is a key way to prevent or help relieve sciatica. Consider these types:

  • Aerobic exercise: walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, and other activities that increase your heart rate without causing more pain if you already have sciatica.
  • Strength training: exercises using free weights or weight machines, or isometric exercises, which involve contracting muscles without obvious movement.
  • Flexibility training: yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and similar activities that increase both flexibility and strength.

Really, any exercise that you can enjoy and do regularly is going to help. So try something new, go back to an old favorite, or both.


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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