There is a process that we, as Biomechanics Coaches aim to follow. We Normalise the pelvis, then move on to spine, shoulders, knees and then feet, in that order (there is a reason for this but I will leave that for another post!). But sometimes it's difficult to appreciate the process, despite knowing the reasoning behind it.
As human beings, we just want our issues solved NOW. We don't want to have to put in the work (we are, of course, lazy by nature). We also struggle to get our heads around not working at the site of pain (hence why educating clients on the connections of the body is so important).
Take myself for example. In the past I'd been suffering with pins and needles in my arms when doing pull ups, so much so that it was affecting my grip. I was also unable to pass 5 consecutive pull ups and that was with cheating slightly too on the last one. I was also having a few little knee issues that I had been trying to solve.
And so the process had taken me to my sciatic nerve (after ruling out other possible causes). It appeared that my sciatic nerve was tethered down somewhere and so I needed to work on mobilising the nerve itself to release it. That's it. One single mobility exercise.
The next day I was playing around with my pull ups as usual and not only did I no longer have the pins and needles but I also managed to add 2 more reps over my PB. I felt stronger and had so much more control (There wasn't even any cheating ;-)
So despite spending years trying to solve the problem at the site of said problem, I was able to find the actual cause couple of feet away. This is again why I cannot stress how vital the process is. It's also a reminder to myself after being able to sort out my shoulder and arm issues by focusing on my sciatic nerve!!!
If I'd have continued to focus just on the site of pain I would have missed it completely.
I know, I know, you want to know what I did. Here it is...
Aim for maybe 10 repetitions to start.
Don't force the movement.
Only go to where you feel a gentle pull then release.
Complete maybe 4 times a day and see how you get on. (Little and often is best).
If you find this is too much back a way a little with reps and sets.
And again….be gentle (Especially if you have sciatic nerve issues).
As usual, common sense please guys!