Video: Exercise for Sciatica & Disc Herniation

Here are some exercises for Disc Herniation or Discogenic Sciatica.  The exercises are part of the McKenzie Method.  The exercises are an attempt to take pressure off the sciatic nerve by helping to mobilize the disc back into the place.

  1. Check with a health care professional before you attempt these exercises to ensure that it is safe for you.
  2. Do the exercises slowly and gently.  Failing to follow the instructions or consult with a health care professional could cause your symptoms to worsen.
  3. Try to breathe  slowly and keep your body relaxed.  Do not tense up or hold your breath as this will invite muscle spasm.
  4. You should not feel any pain during the exercises.  If you do feel pain, decrease the range of movement by stopping before you get to the point of pain. Continue the exercise within the pain free range.
  5. Stage one where the instructor is on his elbows is the safest position.  Do not attempt the other positions until you can do the previous position safely with absolutely no discomfort for 2 days.
  6. Be very careful about going into the position where you are supported by your hands.  Only do this position and the subsequent “side bending” pose when you are no longer in the acute or subacute phases
  7. If you cannot find a comfortable, pain free way to do these exercises, discontinue immediately and seek the advice of a health care professional.
  8. Do the exercises in a set of 3 for a minimum of 3 times a day for best results.
  9. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds each time.