What is the Piriformis?

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What is the Piriformis?

‍The piriformis is a small muscle nestled behind the gluteus maximus. The sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, runs through or directly underneath the piriformis muscle.

 

Why can the Piriformis be problematic?

Overuse of the piriformis, often from sports, can lead to inflammation and spasms of the muscle and can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing Piriformis Syndrome. This pain can be felt in the buttocks and lower back, often radiating through the leg and foot. This syndrome can be detected by spotting tingling, numbness, or pain running down a single leg. If this goes untreated, patients can experience hematoma, cysts, orpseudo-aneurysms.

 

Solutions to Piriformis issues:

Certain exercises, cold compression, warm baths, stretching, and foam rolling with the Aze Roller can help alleviate the symptoms, as well as treat, Piriformis Syndrome.

Stretch directive: Lay face-up, cross your right foot over your left knee. Use your right hand to pull down on the right front of your pelvis. Use your left hand to pull down on the right knee toward the floor to assist in a stretch. Inhale and exhale deeply, focusing on relaxing the muscle on the exhale. Repeat on the left side.

Foam rolling directive: Grab your Aze roller and place it under your buttocks. Cross your right leg over the left in a figure-4 stretch.Lean slightly to the right and roll your right glute back and forth slowly at least 8 times. Repeat on the left side.

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