From the Fitness Corner!

Lois Moncel, Director of Fitness and Wellness

Ouch! Does your hip hurt?

Do you suffer from sciatica pain? Sciatica pain or pain that affects your hips, glutes, and even down your leg can be very debilitating. It can occur for a variety of reasons. According to Healthline, June 2020, “Common causes of sciatica can include a ruptured disk, a narrowing of the spine canal (called spinal stenosis), and injury.” So, what should you do? First, always check with your physician or healthcare provider to be sure that you can participate in physical activity.

It is important to strengthen, as well as stretch, the muscles included in that area. Some great stretches to help alleviate sciatica pain are the prone external hip rotation, supine knee to opposite shoulder, and the seated external hip rotation. Keep in mind that you want to externally rotate the hip. It is recommended that you stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds and can hold the stretch up to 60 seconds. Remember, if it hurts, don’t do it. For more information, feel free to contact Lois Moncel, Director of Fitness and Wellness at [email protected].