Originally Posted by Jcavenagh
I am right in the middle of the exact same thing. I am 54 and get sciatic pain a few times a year from my bed. I will be in the hammock again tonight to help relieve it.
I would bet that some grad student could get a grant to study the exact mechanisms involved. I just know it works.
For what it's worth, my Rolfer (kind of a cross between massage therapist and chiropractor...works far better than either, btw) says it's due to the "hip flexors relax", whatever that means.