Decompressing the spine is important if you're experiencing numbness, tingling or stabbing pain in the leg, foot or toes. This is a symptom of sciatica, a painful condition where one or more of the 5 nerve roots in the low back and sacrum are being compressed or irritated.
It won't go away by itself; you have to take action.The first step, although a temporary solution, is to lengthen or decompress the spinal column, thereby taking some or all of the pressure off the nerve root(s). (See instructions below).
To completely heal this condition, you'll need to do much more than that, but this is the first step. It will in most cases temporarily relieve you of nerve pain.
The next step is usually posture improvement when sitting, bending and lifting as well as strengtheners for the pelvic girdle and back. Give me a call if you would like to work with me and together we'll develop a plan for your recovery.
Instructions to lengthen and decompress the spine. Use it to lengthen the spine, when your back is stiff and sore, or when you're feeling nerve pain in the leg, foot or toes.
Hold onto something that is stable and that will hold your weight like a sink, pillar or post.
Lean back and relax your back as you breathe.
Keep abdomen pulled in and vary the bend in your legs. Hold the position as you breathe.
You should feel relief from pain.
Come out of this pose if the symptoms get worse - it's not for you.