Stretching is a tool used to relieve pain, but only for a short period of time.
Why it matters: Most sciatica pain programs are dedicated to improving flexibility by adding in stretching. You’ll often see the piriformis stretch and hamstring stretch implemented into the program. However, stretching is only one piece of the puzzle. When you do your stretches, which may take an hour or less per day, that only accounts for 4% or less in a 24 hour period. There are so many other factors involved that may improve or worsen your pain.
Action: Once you experience relief with your stretches, make an outline of your day. What positions were you in? What activities did you do? How did they make you feel? Once you figure out those activities/stretches/positions that increase your pain, the next step is identifying how you can remove them from your routine or modify them so they aren’t/less painful.
If you need help with finding positions and activities to reduce your pain, book a free strategy call with us today. We’ll come up with a plan of action with you.
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