Piriformis Syndrome – What Is It? Plus 3 Simple Piriformis Stretches
Jan. 29, 2021
“Piriformis Syndrome” refers to irritation of your piriformis muscle, which is located deep in your buttocks, beneath larger muscles like your gluteus maximus.
I affectionately refer to this issue as a “pain in the butt”… and for good reason!
That’s because most people with an irritated piriformis muscle explain it as pain localized in one of their buttocks.
However, in addition to localized pain in the buttocks, people with piriformis syndrome can also experience “sciatica” or sciatic nerve pain, which causes pain shooting down the back of the leg.
Today’s blog post features 2 videos about piriformis syndrome…
In the first video, I’ll explain what the piriformis muscle is, how it gets irritated, and how it can cause sciatic nerve pain (aka “sciatica”).
Here’s the first video:
And in the second video I’ll show you 3 simple and effective stretches for the piriformis muscle.
Performing gentle piriformis stretches is a great way to start reducing the pain in your buttocks…
In addition to some gentle massage techniques, this can really help you reduce your pain level!
The second video is below…
If you have any questions, please ask them below the video on YouTube, or send me an email to Luke@GordonPhysicalTherapy.com
Have a great day!
– Luke Gordon, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy/Owner of Gordon Physical Therapy)