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The nerve that supplies the hip and leg is the sciatic nerve and it exits the spine at the low back. Any irritation of the sciatic nerve can cause symptoms from the low back down the legs to the toes, and is called sciatica.
There are many common activities that can trigger sciatica, including but not limited to: hiking, driving (right side due to gas pedal use), cycling, and ballet dancing. These activities tend to cause tightening of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve.
It is helpful to understand in which direction the muscles touching the sciatic nerve run in order to generate the optimal stretch for releasing those muscles and their associated connective tissue structure. The typical touch-your-toes stretch does not help this condition, and here’s why:
There are two groups of muscles in the buttock region. One group, the outer glutes, runs vertically from the top of the hip to the sitz bones and is stretched by such vertical movement as touching your toes. The second group lies beneath the glutes and runs horizontally from the sacrum to the hip joint and can only be stretched by creating horizontal movement. Within this deeper, horizontal group, most of the muscles run just under the sciatic nerve and only one runs over it: the piriformis. The location of the piriformis muscle is the reason it takes most of the blame (right or wrong) for any irritation of the sciatic nerve. The name for this particular form of sciatica is piriformis syndrome.
There is an easy, active stretch routine that relieves the low back and sciatica pain caused by overtight and adhesed structures of the hip; it feels good to do and can be done straight from bed (or even in bed) each morning. The following routine will take less than two minutes and will not only ease most sciatic related pain, but will also help prevent it from recurring.
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