So , you just got back from a trip to the doctor and they told you that you have Piriformis Syndrome. What exactly does this mean, and what are you able to do about it?
Your Piriformis Muscle is located in your pelvis. It connects the top of your leg to your hips. Although this muscle is not very big, it still is quite important. The Piriformis Muscle is an external rotator muscle, which is fancy science talk meaning that it allows your legs to rotate outward.
Anyhow, your Piriformis Muscle also happens to be found right on top of your Sciatic Nerve. Your Sciatic Nerve is the biggest nerve in your body and it runs from your lumbar region all of the way down either leg and it ends in your feet. If your Pirifomris Muscle becomes too tight from either being over worked or under worked, it can start to irritate the Sciatic Nerve.
If your Sciatic Nerve becomes irritated, then it is said that you’ve got a condition called “Sciatica.” Sciatica can be caused by a lot of different things. A tight Piriformis is one of many things that may possibly cause Sciatica. Other causes may be a bulging disc (see bulging disc symptoms) in your spine, muscle imbalances, or soreness round the Sciatic Nerve.
Symptoms of Sciatica can manifest themselves in many varied ways. Occasionally they can be intense stabbing pain anywhere from your back to your feet. Other times, you may notice a numbness or fuzzy sensation as if part of your body fell asleep.
However if you’re like me, then your Piriformis Syndrome-induced Sciatica came as intense and excruciating sensations in your rear. In reality for me, it got sufficiently bad that I could hardly even walk.
I’m hoping your pain isn’t that bad.
Anyhow, now that you know what it is, what are you able to do about Piriformis Syndrome?
Well, here’s a quick stretching technique you can do to help relieve the stress in the Piriformis.
Begin sitting on the ground with your legs right in front of you. Flex your knees while keeping your feet flat on the ground.
Now, if the pain is on your right side, take your right leg and cross it over your left leg. Ensure both your sit bones are flat on the floor, or at least as near to on the floor as it’s possible to get.
Then pull your right knee close to your chest with your arms. You must feel a good stretch in your right buttocks. This is your Piriformis Muscle.
Hold this stretch about 5 minutes, or so long as feels OK to you. You will feel immediate relief, nonetheless it may also take a few days or maybe weeks before you can relieve the stress in your Piriformis. Do this exercise every day until you get the relief you want.
Piriformis Syndrome is distressing, but if you can bother to do that stretch andrelax your tight external rotator muscle in your hips, then you can end the agony and ultimately get back to your normal life again.
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