Don't Neglect Your Piriformis Muscle

The piriformis muscle lies deep to the gluteus maximus. It is often a neglected stretching area. Piriformis Syndrome is a condition in which this muscle irritates the sciatic nerve causing pain in the buttocks and referring pain along the sciatic nerve. This pain goes down the back of the thigh and/or into the lower back. Deep pain is often made worse by sitting, climbing or squatting. Stretch it out this way:

1. Lie back and cross legs with the involved leg on top.

2. Gently pull opposite knee towards chest until a stretch is felt in the deep buttock area.

3. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 1-2 times as needed.

4. Keep the lower back straight in a neutral position.

You should do this flexibility exercise every day.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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