The dreaded “Sciatica”
This can be extremely painful at times –
It’s always aggravating and frustrating.
The information you hear from your friends, doctors, therapists and trainers seems conflicting. You’ll try exercises for a few days and stretches but nothing seems to work long term. Everything you try makes it feel better for a few minutes but it always comes back.
You would be surprised to know how often we are asked, “What can you do for Sciatica?” We can actually do a lot, but I first have to ask YOU a question…
“What type of sciatica do you have?”
Here’s the problem – there are probably 20 different versions of sciatica. If your sciatic nerve is being irritated, due to muscles too tight, too elongated, a direct impact, SI joints, hip joints, low back issues or leg imbalance, regardless of what is causing it, it’s still called sciatica (irritation of the sciatic nerve).
So the biggest part of being able to help you, is to properly diagnose what is the cause of the sciatic irritation. It’s usually not one single issue but multiple compounding problems. Think of it as a few smaller problems that add up to a literal pain in the butt!
The sciatic nerve is almost always involved and often diagnosed as some version of “bursitis, disc issues, hip tendonitis, piriformis syndrome” and any version of sciatic inflammation. It’s a part of a whole.
That being said – there is no ONE MAGIC treatment that will work for this condition every time. The trick is to getting a thorough and proper diagnosis on this condition to allow for the correct treatment.
Check out the article on Glutes: Treatment and Explanation of one common, but misunderstood, version of sciatic.
OK, but you came here looking for advice. Here’s what I’d tell you without being able to test you out – The muscles matter – you DO need to work on the glutes, its the only way you’re going to get pressure off the nerve.
However, the idea that you can just stretch this thing away is insanity. Its NOT just the pirifomis and your little fig 4 stretch most likely isnt cutting it. In fact, my experience says the muscle is OVERSTRETCHED most of the time.
That means stop stretching….Thats right, STOP stretching. 4 Reasons Why You Have Tight Muscles and What To Do About It
it all comes back to this – over and over and over. I utilize glute CONTRACTIONS probably 90% of my cases with outstanding results. n any case, I haven’t examined you, I have no idea – but if you’ve tried your preferred technique 4 times and its not working, it probably wont – try something different and get some help.