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BACK PAIN? Exercise provides sciatica pain relief without special equipment

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you're like most people, sooner or later you're going to suffer back pain. Millions of men and women suffer ailments ranging from the occasional twinge to chronic, stop-everything-sciatica.

Proformance Fitness expert Carlos Rivas says exercises to reduce low back pain are not complicated and can be done at home without any special equipment.

Sciatica refers to pain caused by compression or irritation of one or more nerves exiting the lower spine that make up the sciatic nerve.

For most instances of sciatica pain, a specific, controlled, progressive exercise program that is tailored around the underlying cause of the sciatic pain will be part of the recommended treatment program.

The specific sciatica exercises serve two main purposes:

-Reduces the sciatic pain in the near term.
-Provides conditioning to help prevent future recurrences of the pain.

Typical features of any sciatica exercise program include:

Many sciatica exercises serve to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles in order to provide more support for the back. Stretching exercises for sciatica target muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible. When patients engage in a regular program of gentle strengthening and stretching exercises, they can recover more quickly from a flare up of sciatica and are less likely to experience future episodes of pain.

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About Carlos Rivas:

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations @ ProFormance Fitness, LLC and FitCorp, LLC. He holds bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness editor for Kentuckiana Health and Fitness Magazine, Strength and Conditioning instructor for the University of Louisville Exercise Science Program, Fitness Consultant to Ms. America Program, and has more than 20,000 hours of personal training experience. Carlos can be reached by e-mail:  or 502.741.9428

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