How Sciatica May Be the Cause of Buttock Pain
2 Surprising Ways Yoga Helps Relieve Buttock Pain (And One Way it Can Make it Worse)
No one should suffer from chronic leg pain and buttock pain.
It sounds silly but so many of us even healthy individuals under chiropractic care, eating a low inflammatory diet and even detoxing properly can have chronic leg pain, buttock pain and numbness with no solution.
When I was 12 years old, I was in a debilitating accident that left me in pain for years that spanned into much of my adult life. When I discovered yoga, it was a life-changer for me. It erased back pain, buttock pain, leg pain, and numbness that I thought was incurable, it transformed my body and it even changed my entire outlook on life.
But as much as yoga has healed my back and buttock pain…there have been times when it has hurt me just as much.
And because of this healing/hurting dynamic in yoga, I have gone through phases when I praised it as the best thing that ever happened to me…
…and there have been times when I avoided it for months – as if betrayed by a friend.
By now you know that buttock pain, leg pain, and numbness are life-altering problems.
And after working as a yoga teacher now for over a decade, I have discovered the precise balance with yoga the provides safe and effective results to sciatica induced buttock pain, leg pain, and numbness that are nothing short of miraculous.
When done correctly, yoga can reverse symptoms of aging, regenerate strength and flexibility, and prove that pain does not have to be an inevitable part of getting older.
In fact, sometimes finding the right yoga stretch can be enough to eliminate back pain, buttock pain, and even sciatica.
I have found many precise yoga techniques that can help your back without the risk of injury. Here are two of my favorites, as well as the one thing you need to avoid in order to protect your back
Two Simple and Surprising Ways Yoga Helps Sciatica Induced Buttock Pain, Back Pain, Leg Pain and Numbness:
Yoga Creates Core Strength While Maintaining Mobility – Bye Bye Buttock Pain, Leg Pain, and Numbness
When most people think about yoga, they picture super bendy people sweating and stretching in a hot room. But while yoga is great for increasing flexibility, it also does a fantastic job of creating core strength and stabilizing pelvis and spine.
And it isn’t just the common ab-strengthening exercises, like boat pose or plank, that build a strong core. ANY yoga posture or sequence can create core strength if you are mindful about keeping contracting your core while you do them.
Not sure how to engage your core?
Here are my three favorite tips for engaging your core
1. Draw your belly button back toward your spine.
2. As you draw your belly in, lift it up toward your ribcage like an elevator.
3. Imagine you can use your low belly muscles (below your belly button) to draw your hip bones inward toward each other and pull them in.
Yoga Facilitates Healing From the Inside Out –
When we fixate on back pain, buttock pain, leg pain, or any type of pain not only does our perceived pain increase, our actual physical injuries can get worse.
That is because feelings of pain lead us to become more sedentary and also more tense. Stress and tension lead to tighter muscles that not only feel achy and tender, they restrict healthy blood flow to the areas that need it to heal and repair. Feelings of pain and stress also lead to decreased activity, which has been shown to cause longer recovery time.
This stress/pain cycle can be very hard to break.
Yoga has been proven to reduce internal and external stress while developing greater body awareness. Relaxation aids in healing by increasing blood flow and decreasing the pain related to body tension.
Here is a simple Body Scan Exercise that can help you to release stress and facilitate healing sciatica induced buttock pain, leg pain, and numbness in just minutes:
Find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying on your back, and allow your eyes to close. Start to notice your breath and see if you can deepen your inhales and slow your exhales. Now bring your attention on to your body and scan through your body from the tips of your toes up to the top of your head – noticing any areas that feel tense and tight. When you notice tight muscle or area, take a deep breath in and imagine that your breath can fill into the area of tightness. As you exhale, feel the tight muscles releasing with your breath, like a deflating balloon. Continue to “breathe into” tight muscles and use your exhales to release tension.
The One-Way Yoga Can Make Your Back Pain Worse:
There is one major red flag that I see all the time when it comes to yoga and back pain – and that is the fact that many yoga practices have not been adapted to fit the needs of our modern bodies.
Yoga teachers are trained extensively to maintain the precise traditions of this ancient practice. But many yoga postures need to be updated and adapted in order to give the most anatomical benefit and decrease the risk of injury. And in fact, many yoga postures need to be just plain kicked to the curb.
With everything we have learned from modern exercise science, we have to be able to admit that as wonderful as yoga is, there are some postures that just shouldn’t be taught anymore. Take headstand for example: why would we expect our cervical spine (the neck) to hold the weight of our entire body? And even if it can, what is the benefit from placing that much strain on the head and neck?
Thankfully, there are many wonderful yoga postures that can help fix back pain, buttock pain, leg pain, and even relieve sciatica without harmful risk. But it’s important to make sure you find a program that is designed intelligently for back health.
After surviving a near-fatal accident as a child, and living much of my life in excruciating pain, I spent many years spinning my wheels looking for relief. I tried almost every kind of medical treatment available and nothing worked.
That’s why I feel so fortunate and amazed to have found the precise simple yoga moves that healed my back and have kept me pain-free for over a decade now.
If you’d like to know more, check out this one surprising stretch that can fix buttock pain, back pain and sciatica extremely fast.