The following stretches are excellent stretches but are listed as ones to avoid, because of the fact that they can often irritate your sciatic nerve and make the underlying cause for your sciatic pain worse over time.
Over a decade of research by The Healthy Back Institute and other institutions such as the University of Maryland has shown that generic exercises and stretches (which is what you will find all over the internet) can be counterproductive.
When a person has one or more of the common conditions that lead to Sciatica, like muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions, it is recommended that they start with specific corrective stretches and exercises to you and your needs instead of generic stretches, that often times provide no benefit or make the condition worse.
Many of the stretches listed in this article put the pelvis in an abnormal position contributing to your pain.
As always, please consult your physician before beginning any stretching or exercise program. When your Sciatica has been corrected, or upon clearance from your doctor you can begin these stretches/exercises again.
At the end of this article you will see the stretches and tips that our Sciatica experts recommend as well as a Free Sciatica Relief Guide and Stretching Chart that you can download for free.