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Suggest exercises to manage sciatica

My mother is having sciatica pain. Doctor gave her 2 shots already but although its better, still has some pain. What type of exercises should she be doing to help it along. She is 81 years old and in fairly good health, other than this pain which is causing her to walk less.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016
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Ayurveda Specialist 's  Response
Thanks for contacting with her health concern and following are the recommended exercise(s) for her age:

. Leg raising: lie flat on the stomach with hands by the side. Lift one leg to 30 degree and hold for 5 seconds,keep it down. Repeat with other leg. Repeat with both legs together. Repeat 5 times. If painful start by raising leg with knee flexed.

. Leg straightening: lie on the back with legs folded,feet on the floor. Straighten each leg (in air) in turn, hold for 30 seconds & keep down.

. Leg swings: lie lateral on your good side, keep lower (normal) hip slightly flexed. Lift & move affected leg backwards and forwards gently.

. Sit in Padmasana or Vajrasana and bend forward fully. Take a pillow under the chest if needed.

. Knee squeezes: lie on your back on a firm floor and bring the knees to chest over the abdomen. Right leg, then left, then both together.
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