|Piriformis tender point location and |
counterstrain position (WVSOM)
DOCTOR'S NOTE: Seek evaluation by a health professional if your back and leg pain are associated with leg weakness, incontinence, fever, or weight loss, or if it doesn't improve with self-treatment for piriformis syndrome.
PIRIFORMIS POSITION OF EASE
|Piriformis position of ease (WVSOM)|
- Lie on your back with legs propped up on a chair or stool;
- Cross your ankles with the foot of the pain side on top;
- Let your knees fall apart and relax;
- If comfortable, take a few deep breaths and rest in this position for 2-5 minutes or until pain is completely resolved;
- Slowly uncross your legs, bring your feet down to the floor, and proceed to the Piriformis Stretch or roll to one side before getting up;
- Use this position 2-4 times a day or as needed for pain relief.
|Right piriformis stretch (WVSOM)|
- Lie on your back and place the foot on the side of leg pain on top of the other knee;
- Grasp the outside of the bent knee with your opposite hand;
- Allow your bent leg to slowly fall over the other leg as far as it will go;
- If comfortable, take a few deep breaths and slowly pull the bent knee down toward the floor for 10-20 seconds;
- Slowly release the pull and straighten out the leg;
- If no increase in pain, proceed to the Sacroiliac Mobilization;
- Do this stretch 1-4 times a day.
|Sacroiliac stretch (WVSOM)|
- Lie on your back and bend one leg up, grasping the knee with both hands;
- Pull the knee toward your opposite shoulder as far as it will comfortably go. If leg pain worsens, stop the exercise;
- Take a few deep breaths and with each exhalation pull the knee a little farther toward the opposite shoulder;