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Occasionally, I suffer a bit of mild sciatica – down my right butt but not extending down my leg. It will nag at me for a week, but is not debilitating. Still, the hot stabbing into my butt cheek is not pleasurable. For me, anyway.
I did suffer back pain my entire adult life – until I started squatting and deadlifting about 7 years ago. Since then, except for 1 bout that lasted about 5 days, and, as mentioned, the occasional sciatica, I'm pain free.
In any event, the last two bouts of sciatica (separated by about 3 months), I threw caution to the wind and pulled on the days I was scheduled to pull. Both times, the sciatica went away. Immediately.
It is hard to figure out what the mechanism could be whereby heavy (for me, everything is relative!) would remove pressure from nerves. I wouldn't ask based on a one-time experience, but this is twice now. . . .
Mine does the same thing. I think one of the deep external rotators is inflamed and mashing on the nerve. Squats seem to disrupt the swelling.
I'm going to favor a combination of loading the spine in a mild degree of lumbar extension to assist in displacing herniated nuclear material back towards the center of the disc and the combined flexion, abduction, and external rotation of the hips to provide a mechanical gliding of the sciatic nerve and originating nerve roots through the intervertebral foramen.
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