True Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve at the root. The most common cause is a bulging disc or herniation. The nerve compression is not to be confused with nerve entrapment experienced in piriformis syndrome. Actual nerve compression can cause pain, aching, burning, tingling, numbness or weakness anywhere on the line of the sciatic nerve and I've experienced it all. After 3 natural childbirths (two at home) I can confirm I would give birth 1000 times over before going through this kind of pain 😬
Nerve entrapment in the piriformis more often than not is a result of weak and very tight glutes. Enter ball massage against the wall and waking of the glutes!
This exercise was shared with me via a Friend and comes from @garyward_aim who does some phenomenal work, check out Anatomy in Motion.
I found this exercise was particularly useful in firing my glutes at their end range which would give me almost instant relief but sadly it never lasted as I had actual compression of the nerve but for those with piriformis syndrome this would be a good choice & especially useful in waking up the sleepy glutes. Bonus if you have stairs at home!!!
Have a go in taking the pelvis all the way over the front foot as if you are about to step up onto the next step and feel those glutes fire 🔥🔥🔥 If you feel too much pressure in your knees reduce the reps or perhaps you need a lower loading exercise but give it a try!!
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