Welcome to Stability Before Strength. My name is Oscar and today I will show you how to stretch your Piriformis muscle in a standing position to help you alleviate your pinched sciatic nerve. You’re going to start the stretch byholding onto a wall or stable surface and slowly cross your right or leftleg over your other leg and slowly bend your knees and shift yourweight towards the back of your hips you should feel stretch deep in yourgluts
and this is where your piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve run. uh. hold for fifteen thirty secondsnow runners know this stretch as a figure 4 stretch because you’reactually making a 4 with your body. You should feel a difference between your affected side and unaffected side meaning that you’re affected side will betighter and will benefit from holding thestretch longer than the unaffected side. It’s a good idea to compare your two sides because it will give you a good indication of
the improvement of your affected leg After fifteenthirty secondsrepeat the same steps on the other leg. For a deeper stretch you can drive your hips back and or use your freehand and push awayyour knee even though one side feels tighter in a few days or weeks you should noticea difference not only in the flexibility
but also the pain you’re experiencing as you become more flexible, the painwill start to subside continue to stretch most days of the week, if not everyday Thanks for watching. I hope this tutorialtutorial was informative and helpful.
Piriformis Syndrome versus Sciatica Animation
Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular conditionwhere the piriformis muscle one of the deep gluteal muscles presses on and compressesthe sciatic nerve causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttock area and down thepath of sciatic nerve to the thigh and leg. Sciatic nerve runs UNDER the piriformis muscleand may be irritated when the muscle is too tight or shortened due to spasms. Piriformissyndrome is to be differentiated from sciatica which shows similar symptoms but has differentcauses. Diagnosis is commonly done by EXCLUSION ofsciatica. Because sciatica usually associates with compression of sciatic nerve roots bya herniated disc, sciatic symptoms in the
ABSENCE of spinal disc herniation are indicativeof piriformis syndrome. Causes and risk factors of piriformis syndromeinclude: Anatomical abnormality of the nervemusclerelation. Some people are more likely to get piriformis syndrome than others. Tightness or spasm of the piriformis muscle due to overuse injury. This commonly happensin sport activities that put pressure on the piriformis muscle such as bicycling, runningwithout proper stretching, or any activity that involves repeated movements of the legsperformed in sitting position. Treatment options include: Stretching exercises, massage, avoidance
of causative activities. Antiinflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants for relief of symptoms. Physical therapy that strengthens the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and biceps femorisis usually recommended to reduce strain on the piriformis muscle.