Pinched Nerve in Hip Exercises for Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

By on July 22, 2013

 

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Pinched Nerve in Hip Exercises for Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

Hi, I’m Paula Moore The Chiropractor and I’m going to show you a sciatica leg pain relief exercise. It should be know that the majority of people who come to see me as patients who have been diagnosed with sciatica, don’t have true sciatica.

They do have leg pain that is mimicking sciatica. In other words, it is running through the buttocks and down the thight, right down to the ankle but it stems from a different place. It’s not the sciatic nerve. It is from a tight muscle in the buttocks, known as the piriformis muscle. It clamps down over the sciatic nerve giving you sciatic-like symtoms.

Your chiropractor can tell the difference between these two. True sciatica and a piriformis muscle problem. I’m going to show you a stretch to get rid of the piriformis muscle problem and the resultant leg pain.

If you do this stretch and notice your leg pain starting to decrease, you probably didn’t have true sciatica and that’s great, because sciatica is harder to treat.

Pinched Nerve in Hip Exercises for Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

So you want to sit fairly close to the wall and swing your legs up so your heels touch the wall. If you leg pain is on the left, then take your left ankle and place it over your left knee. Now some of you might find that this position is already very difficult to get into because your piriformis muscle has become very tight.

If you want to increase the stretch, shuffle up closer to the wall with your buttocks. If you want to deepen the stretch yet again, slide your right foot down the wall so that your knee is bent. You can increase the stretch by gently bringing the left knee toward your opposite shoulder.

Pinched Nerve in Hip Exercises for Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

That is the perfect position to lie in for the next sixty seconds using your breathing to relax.

Do the stretch on both sides, even if your symptoms are only on the left, as you need to stay symmetrical. 60 seconds on both sides. Remember to increase the stretch by pulling your knee gently toward the opposite shoulder or by sliding the opposite leg down the wall.

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