You may be surprised to learn that Sciatica is not actually a disorder, but rather a symptom. This acute pain can be brought on by a number of chronic conditions, such as…
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Sacroiliac Dysfunction
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Sciatica is almost an epidemic, with up to 43% of the population painfully affected at some point in their lives.
While pain management solutions for sciatica range from pills to invasive surgeries, minimizing the risk of future flare-ups can only happen with regular exercise promoting spinal stabilization.
“How does spinal alignment help sciatica?”
Usually sciatica affects one side of the body while the other side compensates. This prolonged compensation causes muscle imbalance and a deterioration of both gait and posture. This, of course, brings on additional pain.
“Will sciatica heal with rest?”
No, it is actually the opposite: Lack of movement leads to rapid deterioration (atrophy) of the muscles. Weak muscles are vulnerable to spasms and injuries. Resting, or “staying off” of the lower body won’t help; it will make recovery far more difficult.
Standard treatment for sciatica is generally limited to pain medication and a few weeks of physical therapy.
The Pelvic Clock® workout tackles every aspect of post-therapy healing:
- Provides mild, gentle lumbar traction
- Relieves pressure on the nerve root
- Strengthens deep core muscle
- Corrects pelvic rotation (twisted pelvis)
- Corrects excessive pelvic tilt (anterior, posterior or lateral)
- Promotes a neutral spine position
“When should I start my Pelvic Clock exercises?”
There are different stages of sciatica pain. This 1–10 pain scale will help you determine if exercises with the Pelvic Clock® device are appropriate for your current condition. If your pain can be described as sharp, acute, or unbearable, you should start the pain management treatment recommended by your specialist, followed by physical therapy. Once you are discharged from physical therapy, The Pelvic Clock® should be used for both maintenance and prevention.
Rock side to side following 3-9 pattern.
Ground your feet and tilt your pelvis to the left toward the 3 o’clock marker. Take a breath and tilt your pelvis over to the right toward the 9 o'clock marker.
Rock forward and back following 12-6 pattern.
Ground your feet and tilt your pelvis back toward the 12 o’clock marker (in the direction of your head). Take a breath and tilt your pelvis forward toward the 6 o’clock marker (in the direction of your feet).
V-Tilts: Rock forward and back following 12-5-12-7 pattern.
12-5 Tilt forward toward the 12 o’clock marker, then lean back toward 5 o’clock (a back-left tilt).
12-7 Tilt forward toward the 12 o'clock marker, then lean back toward 7 o'clock (a back-right tilt).
V-Tilts: Rock forward and back following 6-1-6-11 pattern.
6-1 Tilt forward toward the 6 o’clock marker, then lean back toward 1 o’clock (a back-left tilt).
6-11 Tilt forward toward the 6 o'clock marker, then lean back toward 11 o'clock (a back-right tilt).
If your most painful spot is located at the 7 o’clock marker, stretch your right leg and slide it a few inches toward the 7 o’clock marker (a forward-right tilt) then lean back toward 1 o’clock (a back-left tilt).
If your most painful spot is located at the 5 o'clock marker, stretch your left leg and slide it a few inches toward the 5 o'clock marker (a forward-left tilt) then lean back toward 11 o'clock (a back-right tilt).
Clockwise rotation following 12-3-6-9 pattern.
Imagine that the axis of rotation extends through your belly button through the center of the device. Rotate your pelvis and hips in a circular direction around that center of rotation
Counterclockwise rotation following 12-9-6-3 pattern.
By the time you have completed all of the above Exercises, you should have identified the most painful areas of your lower back or hip.
Dividing the clock face into quarters (12 to 3, 3 to 6, 6 to 9, and 9 to 12), you can now target your exercise to these “pain quarters.”
Choose one of four patterns, depending on where your pain is located.
You will need only one quarter exercise.For example, if you are experiencing the most pain in your right hip, do the 6-7-8-9-8-7-6 quarter exercise.
During this exercise, try to locate the precise number corresponding to your most painful spot so that you may target this number in the diagonal exercise.
Consult your physician or healthcare provider before performing any exercise program using this product for appropriate exercise advice and safety precautions. This product and its instructions are not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your physician or healthcare provider.
Exercises using this product should be performed in a slow and controlled manner. If you have trouble breathing or otherwise feel sick while using this product, stop and contact your physician or healthcare provider.
Be sure to read and follow the instructions as provided. Use only as intended and at your own risk. The manufacturer, Flect LLC, and its distributors assume no liability or responsibility for accidents or injury to persons or property that might result from the use of this product.
Do not use in areas of skin irritation. Stop using product if bruising occurs.
This product is not a toy. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
You may clean this product with mild soap and water. Dry with a cloth and store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.