This video gives three great exercises to help sufferers of piriformis syndrome.
The first two exercises are for stretching the piriromis muscle and the third is for strengthening the piriforus muscle. The first stretch has two variations, including one for people suffering from arthritis. The third strengthens the muscle in all of the three ways that it moves the hip joint.
The physical therapist goes on to explais what the piriformis muscle is and where exactly it is situated. Explaining that a syndrome is a set of symptoms which occur with no known reason, he explains that piriformis syndrome might be caused by any one of four or five causes, the most common being a problem with the pelvis.
Exercises from an Osteopath
Using a skeleton, Eegistered Osteopath Jonathan Boxall , BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Ost, gives a great demonstration of where the piriformis muscle is and why the pain often includes sciatica.
He cautions that if you are doing this exercise or indeed any of the exercises on this page and find the condition worsens, you should stop immediately and consult a medical professional.
The video then goes on to clearly demonstrate how to safely stretch the Piriformis muscle, which can be helpful in the relief of lower back pain, groin pain and sometime Sciatica.
This instruction on helping lower back pain was produced in association with West Country Osteopaths - Exeter, Station Masters House, New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4HF. Tel 01392 555111.
For further information go to http://www.exeterosteopath.co.uk
Exercises from A Coach
Brett (the guy in the video) shared this video on YouTUBE after getting relief when trying these three stretches which were given to him by a coach. Brett says he has been overwhelmed over time how much these simple stretches have turned around the lives of so many sufferers of piriformis syndrome. If you want to catch up with Brett and what he's doing, tune into the Zen and the Art of Triathlon Podcast.
Strengthening the Gluteal Muscles
By strengthening the gluteal muscles you can take some of the strain off the piriformis muscle. This reduces tensions in the muscle which can compress the sciatic nerve causing pain. more information on piriformis syndrome. This video gives some great ideas for strengthening the gluteal muscles. For more information visit: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/back/buttocks/piriformis.htm