Piriformis Syndrome and Exercises
Piriformis Syndrome is pain similar to sciatica, yet caused by a completely different source. In Piriformis Syndrome, the sciatic nerve is compressed by the piriformis muscle. This muscle is deep under the gluteals. The sciatic nerve passes directly under the piriformis muscle. The pain is similar to sciatica with pain in the buttocks, which radiates down the legs.
Often, the differential diagnosis for Piriformis Syndrome is often by exclusion. If the patient has sciatic pain, but shows no spinal reason for a cause, piriformis syndrome is often indicated. The patient may experience tingling, numbness, burning, or weakness in the legs and buttocks. Symptoms are often worsened by long periods of sitting, due to direct pressure exerted on the piriformis muscle.
Exercise: Piriformis Syndrome
Lay on your back and gently bring one knee up to the chest. Keep the opposite leg elongated along the floor. Keep the energy of that foot moving out through the foot. Squeeze and hold the knee to the chest. You can make small circles with the knee. Pull your abs in and slowly lower the knee. Now gently stretch the knee so that it crosses your midline and hold the knee there for 15-30 seconds. Switch sides.
Exercise: The Back Strengthener
Do this exercise up to 4 times a day.
Lay on the floor, stomach down. Slowly lengthen out the spine as you raise one arm and the opposite leg. Exhale as you raise up into an arch. Hold this as your take two deep breaths. Slowly release back to the floor. Inhale, as your raise up the other arm and opposite leg, exhale. Hold this arch agian for two deep breaths. Lower down. Inhale. Then raise both arms, leaving both feet on the floor. Exhale. Hold the arch as you take two deep breaths. Slowly lower down. Inhale. Raise both feet off the ground, leaving both arms on the floor. Exhale. Hold the arch for two deep breaths. Slowly lower down. Inhale. Lastly, raise both arms and both legs off the floor. Exhale. Hold this full arch for two deep breaths. Slowly lower down. Inhale. Repeat entire sequence one more time. This exercise should flow easily with the breath. (Always feel the energy pulling out in both directions from the top of the head and hands and out the bottom of the feet.) Try to arch up further each time. This amazing exercise will relieve back pain!
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
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