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I suffered for years afterwards, just putting up with those horrible aches and pains that run from the lower back all the way down the backs of the legs. And mornings...urgh, were the worst. I could barely lean forward to put my socks on!
When I was finally ready to accept that the pain could be helped naturally, I started seeing a chiropractor who manipulated my spine, which certainly helped the sciatica but not the underlying problem.
When he left for adventures in the Far East, I decided to try yoga instead. The yoga has since worked wonders. Yes I do still suffer with lower back ache but whenever it flares up, I know what asanas (yoga poses) to do to ease the pain - it's amazing!
It's the forward bends - both standing and sitting - that work the best for me. If you suffer with back pain, I highly recommend you try them out, but be gentle.