I just found this section of the pain forum - I've been writing in the sciatica area and thought maybe someone here would have some exercise/therapy advice.
My p.t. has me doing the stomach push-up, which I think is MacKenzie?? I lay on my stomach and push myself up like a pushup. She has asked me to do this to the extreme, which makes my front thigh tingle and my "dimples" in my butt hurt each time I push up (weird, I know). The sciatic nerve actually feels like they're getting caught in my dimpless each time I push up. I'm wondering if this can make things worse.
When my therapist really pushes me, she puts 2 phone books under my chest and says to push all the way up on them with my hands and straighten my arms. Then, in addition to this, she has me tuck my toes under and flex my legs so that my knees are off the table as well. I feel like the letter "V." I don't know if this actually could hurt me or what. It seems so extreme. But she says it's the only way to get the area at L5-S1 to be affected.
Anyone else ever try this? I don't want to hurt myself more, but I do need help. Lots of advice or comments much appreciated.