Piriformis Stretch

 

The piriformis muscle is often associated with sciatic pain shooting down the leg.  Stretching the piriformis may help relieve this pain.

 

Piriformis Stretch 01   Piriformis Stretch 02

 

We recommend doing this stretch seated.  Cross one leg over the other with the ankle on top of the opposite knee.  Do not place downward pressure on the knee of the raised leg.  Good posture is important with this stretch.  Slowly lean your torso forward keeping good posture.  It does not take much to obtain the stretch.  You should feel this stretch along the outside of the thigh and up to the buttock. 

There should be no pain.  If there is pain, lean forward into the stretch less. 

Hold for 20-30 seconds.  Then switch to the other leg.  Repeat 2-3 times on each leg at least 2 times per day.