Nerve Glide – Sciatic – Ask Doctor Jo

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A sciatic nerve glide can help relieve the pain and pressure caused by a compressed sciatic nerve. Watch more Ask Doctor Jo videos featuring full routines for common injuries and syndromes at

To perform a sciatic nerve glide:

1. Lie on your back with your knees bent up. Grab the back of your thigh bringing your leg up to about a 90 degree angle.
2. Pull your toes towards you, and straighten out your leg until you feel a stretch, then bend the knee again.

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dkgray says:

Is it normal to feel my hip flexors burning? Do that mean they're weak?

EndlessOcean36 says:

Question, what would you recommend for the dosage on this?

jay says:

Hello Dr Jo I'm suffering from sciatica pain on my right leg for the past 3 years. I'm doing your exercise for sciatica and the pain on my back is reduced but the pain on the outside of my leg below knee is getting worse. How to get rid of that pain?

M P says:

Could you also provide instructions for the Sural Nerve Glide? Thanks.

Edwin Knepshield says:

I’m recovering from Caudal Equina Syndrome and would appreciate more nerve gliding leg stretch’s. Thanks.

Parmeet Dhaliwal says:

Thankyou dr

Parmeet Dhaliwal says:

Is this a good exercise ,when common peroneal nerve is affected.

ibrahim says:

there is " pop " sound 😅

Puppybreath says:

I've enjoyed and been helped so much by your series of short exercises. Thanks for posting this one too!

97yawnac says:

Dr. Jo,
Would you please make a video for the Gamecocks on how to block opponents and tackle ball carriers .
They really need it and I am sure you are up for the task!
That would be physical therapy wouldn't it?? Just asking… 😉

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