I later studied sciatica, in depth, in my doctoral program. One of the two major papers I wrote on the subject, I received a high A+ grade. I guess I was passionate about the subject. My personal experience was not a curse but a gift in strange wrapping paper as I now know how to deal with sciatica at a whole new level and I can share it with you all!
One interesting thing I found in my research was, in a solid study, it showed over 1 million cases of sciatica are misdiagnosed per year even when using an MRI. (Filler, 2005) The MRI may show a disc herniation but the actual cause of pain was ‘piriformis syndrome’ or a tight piriformis muscle (aka the mischief maker) compressing the sciatic nerve.
There is a specific sequence of stretches that can unlock the piriformis and then follow-up with electro acupuncture. Most stretches I have seen that claim to lengthen the piriformis actually do not. Sciatica, as most injuries, are based in stress reactivity.
Whether the cause of the pain is the piriformis or a disc, the body can heal itself in many cases.
Using AI Stretching and Electro-Acupuncture is like putting ‘chocolate into the peanut butter’ for sciatica.
Yours in Health,
Filler, A., Haynes, J., Jordan, S., Prager, J., Villablanca, J., Farahani, K., . . . Johnson, J. (n.d.). Sciatica of nondisc origin and piriformis syndrome: Diagnosis by magnetic resonance neurography and interventional magnetic resonance imaging with outcome study of resulting treatment. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 99-115.