Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Yoga to help relieve pain: Piriformis syndrome

Yoga to help relieve pain: Piriformis syndrome-
NOTE-The video is not intended to replace medication. Please consult your medical practitioner to get a proper diagnosis. Other conditions may have similar symptoms and could be made worse by doing a practice for Pirifomis syndrome.
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Piriformis syndrone can cause buttock, hip and leg pain, a burning sensation or numbness. Please do not assume that if you have these symptoms, you have piriformis.  Similar symptoms can be caused by a herniated disc so you do need a proper diagnosis. If you practice yoga for piriformis syndrome and the cause of your pain is a herniated disc YOU COULD MAKE YOUR SYMPTOMS WORSE.

The piriformis is an external hip rotator. Its function is to abduct the femur, that is turn the thigh bone out as in Tree Pose. The sciatic nerve runs between the piriformis  and the sacrum(in some people it runs through the piriformis). When the piriformis is tight, it presses on the sciatic nerve which is what causes the symptoms. This tightness may be caused by sitting cross-legged for long periods (cross at the ankles!) or even by the way you sleep. If you sleep on your side, your top leg bent, knee resting on the bed, this can eventually lead to piriformis pain. Here you could try sleeping with your top leg on a pillow.

In the video we practice poses that stretch the piriformis and correct any imbalances between sides. The poses reduce inflammation and enhance circulation to the area. We focus too on proper alignment when standing or seated because poor posture can contribute to piriformis.  Just notice if any time during the day, you slouch into one hip. You will see that I have included a few hamstring stretches in the practice. This is because tight hamstrings can exacerbate piriformis syndrome. Remember to move into poses slowly and release the pose if you have pain, numbness or tingling.

Hope this helps, let me know how you go on

Janet x

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