Hi Sarah, I'm Judith, from Cornwall in the UK. I've had a bad back on and off over the years and am currently suffering horribly from what I think is sciatica, for the first time. The current episode started in early December, my back started seizing up when I had been sitting for any length of time, even getting out of my car after my 20 minute commute to work was agony, especially on my left side.. However, by the end of the day I felt much easier.. I had to take care to avoid wide strides which caused shooting pains up my back, but felt looser overall. However, because the morning difficulties were not abating I decided to see a local NHS physiotherapist in February.. He stretched and tugged, and put me on a traction machine to try and release the blockage. Although I walked out of those sessions feeling lighter, within a couple of days the pain returned. At some point I noticed what I thought was a feeling of over stretched muscle in my left buttock, going down my leg. This has progressed to severe pain all the way down my leg, and numbness across the top of the foot. It's excruciating at night. So....I've been trying out your rocking the knees exercise, but can't face the next one, I can.t position myself with hands behind my thighs and my back curved up. At what point should I be able to make this progress? I still have no diagnosis so am wary of doing something which could cause more harm.
Thanks for your time, Judith. By the way, my local doctor recommended your book, which in turn is how I found you online.