At the bottom of this post you’ll find instructions for an exercise that can ease the pain from sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It is a simple easy to undersand exercise that can give you some immediate relief. You can also get some information about my CoreWalking Program that works to alleviate the pain of sciatica and piriformis syndrome by making simple changes to the way you walk and stand.
Nerve flossing for sciatica and piriformis syndrome is a very easy way to find relief from these all too common conditions. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Five nerve roots come out of the base of the spinal cord, flow through the pelvis and meet in front of the piriformis muscle to form the sciatic nerve. From there it travels down the leg all the way to the foot.
Sciatica is a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve due to its impingement by one of the vertebrae or intravertebral discs of the lower spine. Piriformis syndrome is a condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle goes into spasm and presses on the sciatic nerve.
Nerve flossing for sciatica and piriformis syndrome is done to stretch and release the sciatic nerve when it becomes compressed or entrapped. Nerve flossing exercises are extremely easy to do and can be mixed and matched with any of the other piriformis releases that I have written about on the blog.
Nerve Flossing For Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome
- Sit in a chair with the feet flat on the floor.
- Straighten the leg that is suffering and lift the chin towards the ceiling.
- Only straighten the leg as far as you can without it hurting too much though it is okay to feel some sensation.
- Lower the leg and look towards the chest.
- Do this fifteen to twenty times.