How to Get a Deep Piriformis Stretch
The piriformis is a difficult-to-reach muscle that runs from your spine to the thigh bone. When it begins to push against your sciatic nerve, often due to too much sitting, it can cause excruciating pain. A tight or inflamed piriformis is what is known as piriformis syndrome.
Numbness or severe pain can occur if the piriformis puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can manifest itself as a dull ache or shooting pains in the back, hip, buttocks, and legs. Also, a misaligned or inflamed piriformis can cause difficulty and pain while sitting and when changing positions.
In fact, piriformis syndrome is a common cause of low back pain. It is often not included in the differential diagnosis of back, buttock, and leg pain. Also, this syndrome can be difficult to diagnose and treat. It is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed in clinical settings.
Strengthening and stretching are vital tools for treating this syndrome. When the piriformis muscle becomes stronger from exercise, it is much less likely to become injured and inflamed. It is also less likely to put pressure on the nerve by lengthening it from specific stretching techniques.
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Following are some piriformis stretches you can do to give this often-overlooked muscle some attention.