The Sciatic Nerve is a big nerve that is comprised of 5 smaller nerves, each that exit out of different levels at your spine. After they combine to pass through your buttocks, they split back off again to spread out to different areas of your legs all the way down to your toes. Any sort of irritant or pressure to any part of this nerve will cause pain and numbness and tingling down one or both of your legs. Learn what causes sciatica, and learn how to get rid of the symptoms quickly with exercise!
To alleviate symptoms of sciatica you must find what is irritating and pinching the nerve, and take that pressure off. It could be a disc of your spine pushing against the nerve, or the nerve could be getting compressed as it passes through some muscle along its path down to your toes. One of the main culprits is the piriformis muscle inside your butt cheek, another common culprit is the quadratus lumborum along the side of your back that could be squeezing the bones of your spine together causing that disc to push out and pinch your nerve. Stretching those muscles, among others nearby, should give you some immediate relief. To keep the issue from being chronic you’ll need some core stabilization exercises to go along with it. Here’s a 2 minute video including my favorite stretch to help alleviate the symptoms of sciatica.