I'm only 22 but have suffered from sciatica for over a year. I've tried pretty much everything short of needles and surgery. I decided to see a physio again, someone I know has been in the job for 30 years. He suggested a radical different approach as everything else has failed to work.
He's advised me to stretch INTO the pain (imagine the slouched back, leg straight, chin to chest, then pushing down to feel a horrible pain right down to my foot very strongly ). I've been doing this for about 4 days now, and the results are hard to judge. I still get out of bed sore and uncomfortable, but overall I would say the pain is slightly better. My pain is mostly mechanical, there's no inflammation as as soon as I get up or lie down the pain basically dissapears.
The physio thinks the nerve is being pinched somewhere in the lower back (I agree, though I'm no doctor), and that my muscles are plenty stretched already (I've become fairly flexible).
I just want to know if anyone has tried this technique, to stretch the sciatic nerve (keeping in mind I've spent the last 12 months trying to avoid that exact movement as it triggers the pain the most). And whether it's been successful/unsuccessful for them.
Highly appreciate any feedback