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An interesting pain treatment I've discovered (but can't pinpoint)

Last fall, when I was in physical therapy, I discovered that when I did a calf raise, it would take away sciatic pain. For a very short time, but it would greatly reduce the pain. That feeling of having a weight constantly sitting on your hip, pressing down on your leg and giving you hip, butt and leg pain would decrease at least somewhat when doing that stretch.

The calf raise I'm referring to is one of those foot stretching systems, a device you see at a PT office or even if you just stand on one of those exercise boards with your toes and stretch out your calf.

I asked my PT about it and he did some research. It was so long ago that I forget, but I just shot him an email. He did give me a legit explanation on why it helped, and from his research, it definitely made sense. If anyone has any idea about why this would help, please, post away. Otherwise, I'll post it if and when I hear back from him via email.

Either way, I wanted to post this not only to see if anyone can provide insight, but maybe to help others. It's not a cure by any means, but hey, when my sciatic pain is at its worst, and I do a nice 10-20 second stretch on that, it gives me a few minutes of relief. And I know that most people who took the time to sign up and post here understand what a few min of relief here and there can mean.

Anyway, does anyone else have any history with stuff like this?


  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/03/2015 - 8:31 AM
    Over 30 yrs ago I ended up with sciatic nerve "mess" after hysterectomy. Did a LOT of chiro work initially and an old time internal adjustment that PT's still do and some old time chiros....going in to release the nerve where it is causing havoc. This work was like a miracle. Specialized workers do this internal work to this day. Gotta find them.

    Now what I do every day is rotate my body on my bed, pull both legs over and hold a stretch and this loosens the sciatic issue for ongoing maintenance. Do both side rotations.


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  • Got this from my physical therapist:

    We discovered that you had some adverse neural tension and did peroneal nerve stretching which was able to both exacerbate your symptoms but also provide relief when only done to a certain point. Much of the focus at the end had shifted to addressing that nerve tension.
  • WhatsTheJuiceWWhatsTheJuice Posts: 29
    edited 08/05/2015 - 7:20 AM
    "The sciatic nerve splits into the common peroneal and tibial nerve nerves at the back of the knee. All the nerves in your lower limb originate from one of those two. The common peroneal travels just behind the head of your fibula before it splits again into other branches. From what I remember, that was the area where I thought your nerve mobility may have been compromised/adhered; in fact I think we even did fibular head mobs during some sessions for that reason. "
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