Yesterday afternoon gym time:
20 min bike
20 min elliptical
20 min treadmill
I would row 500m then hop off and do my stretching and 'spine massage'. Spine massage is simply done by laying on your back, pulling your legs/knees in so you are rolled up like a rolly poley, then you just roll side to side and forward and backward so that your spine and lower back get a good 'massage'.
By the time I got downstairs to start my weight work, my sciatic was feeling kinda ouchy, but it was weird...as soon as I finished one set on the lat pull down, I stood up to stretch and ... no pain in the ass! :O)
I continued on with various weights work, and because I felt so good, I called the chiro and rescheduled my appointment. I worked out on weights a bit longer, and headed home. I probably did weights for 35 minutes or so.
Filled up the jacuzzi tub, threw in bath beads/oil and relaxed in it for 15 minutes making sure I spent most of my time with my left side/back up against one of the jets.
I don't know what, if anything aided in the relief, I was just thankful for it.
This morning when I got up and put my foot down on the floor, I still had sciatic pain, but when I hit the floor for my morning stretches, something was different.
It wasn't as painful as previous days. Good news indeed.
During some research yesterday I happened upon a piriformis stretch that according to most really aids in stretching and relieving piriformis (tension) and sciatica. So I tried it a few times at work yesterday and again today, hoping that it may very well be responsible for what appears to be 'healing'.
While its a bit painful when doing it, it does provide almost instantaneous relief, and again, possibly aiding in healing.
I know I will keep doing this off and on at work today because it sho feel good! :O)