Sciatica – It’s a pain in the butt…and the leg


During the stressful process of building out New Path Chiropractic’s office back in 2012 I had the pleasure of working with a delightful electrician (cough…sarcasms). He ran wires all over the place (majority probably unnecessary) resulting in me grasping for air thinking about the inevitable bill. However, I had to keep my composure and bite the bullet because obviously the electrical system is possibly the most important component to make an office functional…especially in Florida!

Nerves are our electrical system. They arise out of the spinal cord and travel to their destination to perform their jobs transferring information to and from the brain. If I was to use explicit language towards my electrician chances are high he would have took a hammer to my newly installed electrical work causing sparks to fly. The sciatic nerve can be thought of in the same manner. Irritation (the hammer) to the sciatic nerve can be triggered by an inflamed disc, joint dysfunction, angry soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendon) and/or physiological chemicals. This trick is discovering the instigator using the foul language and repairing the wiring system.

The sciatic nerve is mostly to blame for the knee dropping pain down the leg; however, there are several other nerves in the lower body firing pain signals as well. Reason being why it is important to identify the specific irritated nerve shooting “sparks” everywhere. Functional Movement Evaluation, corrective exercises and Active Release Techniques’ Long Nerve Entrapment Protocols are my efficient weapons for discovering the problem and repairing the issues. See below for quick and easy flossing exercise (not dental flossing) that can be effective for the pestering sciatica. This exercise can be performed twice per day 6-8 repetitions.

Fully extend neck(looking up at the ceiling),  extend affected leg(kick leg out)  and dorsiflex foot (point toes to the ceiling)

Fully extend neck(looking up at the ceiling),
extend affected leg(kick leg out)
and dorsiflex foot (point toes to the ceiling)

Fully flex neck(look down),  flex affected leg(fold leg in) and plantarflex foot (point toes to floor)

Fully flex neck(look down),
flex affected leg(fold leg in) and
plantarflex foot (point toes to floor)

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