How to Perform a Piriformis Stretch

Performing a daily piriformis stretch can be an excellent way to manage the pain of sciatica when your pain is caused by the piriformis muscle.

While the piriformis muscle is a common cause of sciatica, it is not the only cause.

  

  

  

  

  

"understand the anatomy"

When you are trying to relieve the pain of sciatica by stretching your piriformis muscle it is important to understand the anatomy and the other possible causes of sciatica.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and it runs from the posterior pelvis through the buttock and into the thigh. It is formed by the joining of several nerve roots after they exit the lumbar spine.

As the sciatic nerve passes into the lower thigh it divides into the smaller nerves that go to the lower leg and foot.

"many conditions that may place pressure on the sciatic nerve"

Sciatica is caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. In most cases this irritation is caused by pressure, but there are many conditions that may place pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or a herniated disc in the lumbar spine can cause sciatica by squeezing the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve.

  


Chronic Sciatica Pain will

Wear You Down


Sciatica Home Treatments will

Get You Back in the Race

Discover How Good You Can Feel

  

"warmed up and stretched properly"

As the sciatic nerve passes through the large muscles of the buttock it passes underneath the piriformis muscle. When this muscle is short and tight it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing the pain of piriformis sciatica.

If the piriformis muscle is not warmed up and stretched properly before participating in athletic events it may place pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica.

"in some cases just walking on uneven ground"

Some people seem to be more susceptible to this than others and in some cases just walking on uneven ground without adequate stretching is enough to cause the pain of sciatica.

Piriformis stretches may be accomplished with piriformis stretching exercises or with hamstring stretching exercises. These stretches may be done sitting in a chair or lying supine on the floor or on an exercise mat.

Piriformis Stretches

Supine

  1. While lying supine on the floor, flex your hip and knee 
  2. Place your hands or a towel around your lower thigh 
    pulling your knee up towards your chest 
  3. With one hand grab your ankle and pull it across the 
    midline of your body until you feel a gentle stretch in your 
    buttock. 
  4. Hold for 15 seconds, and repeat with the opposite leg 
  5. Do 5 sets 


Seated

  1. While seated in a chair with your hips and knees flexed 90 degrees 
  2. Place your ankle on top of the opposite knee 
  3. Keeping your back straight, bend forward at the waist 
    until you begin to feel the gentle stretch in your buttock 
  4. Hold for 15 seconds, and repeat 4 more times 
  5. Do 5 sets


Hamstring Stretches


Supine 

  1. While lying supine on the floor, 
    flex your hip and knee 
  2. Place your hands or a towel around your lower thigh 
    pulling your knee up towards your chest 
  3. Slowly begin extending your knee, until you feel the 
    gentle stretch in the back of your thigh 
  4. Hold for 15 seconds, and repeat with the opposite leg 
  5. Do 5 sets


Seated 

  1. While seated in a chair, place your foot on a 
    footstool or in the seat of another chair 
  2. Keeping your back straight, bend forward at the 
    waist, until you feel the gentle stretch 
    in the back of your thigh 
  3. Hold for 15 seconds, and repeat with the opposite leg 
  4. Do 5 sets

These exercises should be done 2 to 3 times per day when you are experiencing the pain of piriformis sciatica. Once your pain has resolved one time a day should be enough to prevent recurrence of your symptoms.

If you are prone to piriformis syndrome or piriformis sciatica you should always do these exercises before participating in any sports.

If The Piriformis Stretch is Effective it Proves Your Diagnosis

"piriformis stretches can be used as a diagnostic tool"

Piriformis sciatica is often difficult to separate from other causes of sciatica, but these stretches can be used as a diagnostic tool.

Stretching the piriformis muscle can help you determine if your sciatica is being caused by the piriformis muscle.

If you do these exercises consistently 2 to 3 times per day for two weeks you should notice some change in your symptoms. They may not be gone completely, but these exercises should affect your sciatica. If after two weeks you have not noticed any change you need to consider other possible causes.

If no other causes of sciatica can be found, some doctors will recommend steroid injections or surgery to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

"treatment should begin with piriformis stretches"

Piriformis syndrome treatment should begin with piriformis stretches. The stretches have very little risk of complications or adverse side effects and they can be very effective treatment for your symptoms.


  


  

Check Our Recent Blog Posts
Use the Orange Button to Sign Up
Your RSS, Feederly, or Yahoo Feed

  1. Random Thoughts
    For People Who are Living with Chronic Pain

    More drugs is not the answer, especially more narcotics. Narcotics, Anti-inflammatories, Muscle Relaxers, SSRIs, etc., can all help but there are limits to how much they will do and they all have side…

    Read More

  2. Learn How to Meditate and Cure Stress

    Stress is part of modern life, and like so many other things, a little bit is good but too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

    Stress is the cause of many different diseases.
    anxiety
    http://www.living-w…

    Read More