May 20th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Does anyone know if swimming can help sciatica?
May 21st, 2010, 06:42 AM
I would say you must talk to your Dr. first!
Of course, after that I would say, get in and experiment GENTLY. I would start my regimen with a lot of abs and core strengthening so that I could be sure I would be able to isolate that sciatic area from the rest of my core muscles and keep from using my hips separate from my core.
Then to swim: I don't know what kind of distance you're doing, but if your first workout were 1000 yards or fewer, if you have been swimming or working out, you'd probably not be able to do too much damage!
I would do only pulling with a pull buoy first, 200 on your front, 200 on your back. Then I would stand in the shallow end and put my hands up to streamline and stretch long in the center, then one side and then the other holding for as long as I could with my arms up.
Then 200 sidestroke on each side and see how the scissor kick feels, emphasizing the stretch. Then and only then would I try free or back or breast or fly, which are going to get you using your hips so much. I would do 4 x 50 free then 4 x 50 back and then stretch again in the water and then out. Use a mat and a strap to stretch your legs, and call it quits for that day. Take a day off and then see where you are after that.
Good luck and let me know how it goes!