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?