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Is there a way I can prevent sciatic nerve problems from happening?

You can reduce your chance for developing sciatic nerve problems by keeping your hip flexors and piriformis flexibile and your gluteal musculature strong. First, foam roll the muscles on the the front of the thigh and hip (hip flexor). Foam rolling is a self-massage technique used to loosen the muscles that are tight and prepare them to be stretched. Hold each tender spot for 30 seconds. Next, statically stretch front of the thigh and hip (hip flexors). Hold each stretch for 30 seconds. Next, strengthen the gluteal musculature by performing ball bridges. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitons of this exercise. This program exercises will help improve range of motion and control of the hips and decrease the stress placed on the sciatic nerve.

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