In order to get any benefit out of the stretches you do for sciatic nerve pain, it is important that you learn the basic stretches first. Just like in any sport, you must learn the basics before you can advance into the specifics. With this in mind, here are a few basic stretches that you can do from your own home, even while watching T.V. or reading the newspaper.
The first basic stretch that you can perform is called the piriformis stretch. Start by finding a flat surface where you are comfortable. Be sure that you are lying on a surface that will not bounce or move. Begin by lying on your back then bringing your knee up to your chest. Once your knee is up to your chest, bring your other leg underneath your knee so it is now crossed with one another. Pull up with you hands on your bottom leg to feel the stretch in your buttocks.
The next stretch that can be completed at home is a knee to the chest stretch. Again, find a flat surface and try to stay away from beds or anything that will bounce. Start by lying on your back with you hands and feet spread out. Grab your knee with both of your hands and left your knee to you chest. Support your knee and hold for at least 15 seconds. This stretch should be done at least 10 times in order to get the full benefit and can be done at any time during the day. You will feel this stretch in your lower back, hamstrings and buttocks.
These two basic stretches can have a huge impact on the pain you are feeling right now. Make sure do these stretches on a day-to-day basis and stay motivated. The more you work hard to relieve your pain, the more you will succeed. After you completed these stretches, you can learn more advanced exercises that can all be done in the comfort of your own home.