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.
Anyway, your Piriformis Muscle also actually is located right on top of your Sciatic Nerve. Your Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in your body and it runs from your back all 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 begin to irritate the Sciatic Nerve.
If your Sciatic Nerve becomes irritated, then it is often said that you have a condition called “Sciatica.” Sciatica can be due to a large amount of different causes. A tense Piriformis is just one of the many things that may result in Sciatica. Other causes might be a hernated disk (see bulging disc symptoms) in your backbone, muscle disparities, or inflammation around 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 tip you can do to help in alleviating the tension in the Piriformis.
Begin sitting on the ground with your legs right in front of you. Bend your knees while keeping your feet flat on the ground.
Now, if the discomfort is on your right side, grab your right leg and cross it over your other leg. Confirm both of your buttocks are level on the ground, or at a minimum as close to on the ground as you can get.
Then cuddle your right knee close to your chest with your arms. You need to feel a good stretch in your right hip. This is your Piriformis Muscle.
Hold this stretch about 5 minutes, or so long as feels comfortable to you. You may feel quick relief, nonetheless it could also take 1 or 2 days or even weeks before it is possible to relieve the strain 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.