Sciatic Nerve Pain Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo


Hey y’all, it’s Doctor Jo and my assistant
with me today is Bailey again. And today I’m going to be talking about your piriformis.
So lots of times I hear people say they’ve got that sciatic nerve, well actually everybody
has a sciatic nerve, but you can have pain coming from that nerve, and a lot of times
that piriformis muscle is causing the pain. So we’re gonna show you some stretches to
stretch out your piriformis and hopefully get rid of that sciatic nerve pain. Alright
let’s go on to our backs. Here we go. I think we’re gonna maybe move Bailey out of the way.
In the first stretch for your piriformis is a pretty simple one. A lot of pictures you
may get from your therapist will actually show one leg down, I actually like for you
to have it staying up so you can prop your foot over it. So your gonna make almost like
a figure 4 with your legs and then what you’re gonna do, the side that’s hurting, so my left
side is hurting, I’m gonna cross that leg over. And what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna bring
my knee with my opposite hand towards my shoulder over here. So I’m pulling this leg up and across
my body. And what you wanna do same kind of thing with all the stretches, you wanna pull
and you wanna feel a stretch under there. Soon as you feel a really good stretch you
wanna hold it for 30 seconds. So remember up and across the body. Just coming up is
not gonna get that piriformis stretch. But coming up and across the body like I’m trying
to bring that knee towards my shoulder. Holding it there for about 30 seconds–a real 30 seconds.
And then coming back down and you wanna do that 3 times. Now the next one to do, sometimes
this is a little harder for people, but what your gonna do is your gonna keep that same
figure 4, and what your gonna do is your gonna take your hands and on the opposite side that
it’s hurting, so the hurting side is still up crossed over it’s still my left side. I’m
gonna take my hands and put them underneath my thigh, and I’m gonna bring my leg up, and
I’m gonna pull until I feel that stretch underneath there. Now some people might have a hard time
grabbing on to their leg here, so again you can use your belt, or your dog leash and put
it under, around your leg, and pull up towards you like this. Same kind of thing, you want
to hold that stretch for 30 seconds–bye Bailey, we’ll see you later –and then 3 times each.
Alright, so now you’re gonna bring that down getting it nice and stretched. For those of
you that need a stronger stretch, those might not be stretching it out quite as much, what
I’m gonna have you do is I’m gonna have you turn over. And what your gonna do is the side
that’s hurt again, my left side, I’m gonna bring my leg up across. Now as you can see,
this is something you have to be pretty high level, pretty flexible to do, but it’s gonna
get a fantastic stretch. So your gonna put your knee over across your body, and bring
your body down. So it’s almost that same concept, you’re bringing that knee towards the opposite
shoulder, but what you’re doing now, is you’re using your body weight to bring it down. You
can stretch that back leg as far as you can. You can bring your arms down, but that knee
is essentially going towards that opposite shoulder. 30 second stretch, 3 times each.
Alright and there you have it. Those were your piriformis stretches. So if you had some
pressure on that sciatic nerve, hopefully that will loosen it up a little bit. So if
you like my hair, or if you like the stretches, please click “like” and leave me a comment.
And if you’d like to see some more stretch videos, or if you’d like to go see some educational
videos, please go to AskDoctorJo.com. And remember, Be Safe. Have Fun. And I hope you
get to feeling better y’all!

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