Sounds kinda gross, no? Gives me the willies thinking about a nerve being 'flossed', lol :) (Actually, to be specific, it conjures up the image of THAT scene in 127 Hours...you know what scene I'm talking about...it involves a nerve.)
Nerve Flossing is Fun!
Since I have a super-glamorous desk-bound job, I do a lot of sitting. As a runner, sitting is the bane of our existence. Every so often, especially when I'm running more, I get that annoying pain in the arse...piriformis pain. Earlier this year it got really annoying and I decided to Google my issue. Enter: nerve flossing. Ironically enough, the exercise is performed while sitting :)
I don't remember how I got to it, but I know I clicked a lot of links and read a lot of crap, and watched a few painfully boring Youtube vids before I came to the holy grail of pain relief for piriformis syndrome and sciatica. More than likely, if you're a runner, or an endurance sitter, you've experienced some level of piriformis or sciatic nerve pain. Next time it starts to flare up, do this exercise. Seriously, it's amazing. Don't let the simplicity of the movement fool you. It's pure magic.
And, here is another good one:
Thank you so much for posting this. I've been dealing with Piriformis pain for a few months now (desk jockey also) which happened around the time I switched to zero drop shoes. I've been googling for Piriformis stretches but I hadn't found anything like this.
I'm excited to try this a couple times a day. I'm getting really tired of rolling my butt on tennis balls and using my roller / stick every morning and night.
Thanks for posting it, I'm excited!
Thanks Paige! I get it most when seated driving for a long time, then it is hard to ditch for a few days. Will certainly be trying this out!!
OMG. I had my first bout with sciatic pain while pregnant. Since my daughter was born, I've had three or four additional bouts with it, most of which leave me in great pain for about a week, sometimes more. I've tried acupuncture, tennis balls, massage, heat, ice, you name it. I tried the exercises in your links and I am probably 95% pain free at the moment. You're like my savior. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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