Nerve flossing is done to stretch and release the sciatic nerve when it becomes compressed, entrapped or develops surrounding scar tissue, presenting as a condition known as sciatica. Nerve flossing exercises can be done at home, but if your condition is extreme or persistent, you should discuss treatment with your doctor before trying any do it yourself remedies.
The sciatic nerves exit from your spine, and travel down the back and sides of your legs. In sciatica, pain is felt around the lower back, buttocks, and along the nerve distribution down either one, or both legs.
The idea behind nerve flossing is to release the sciatic nerve by stretching the tissues surrounding it and breaking down any build-up of fibrotic scar tissue, which prevents the nerve from gliding smoothly with leg movement. Flossing is required to break down the scar tissue — just as flossing your teeth chips away at plaque buildup. Continue reading >>