Pinched sciatic nerve? Trigger the piriformis
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The piriformis is a low-lying hip muscle that is covered by the gluteus maximus. It originates for the most part between the first four sacral holes (foramina sacralia anteriora), with additional fibrous tracts originating at the incisura ischiadica major. It runs transversely through the foramen ischiadicum majus and attaches to the femur. As a small muscle, however, the piriformis has many functions. In particular, it is responsible for external rotation of the leg, and it also provides abduction, extension and retroversion of the leg. The piriformis muscle functions are controlled by the sacral plexus. From the sacral plexus arises the sciatic nerve, which addresses hip, thigh, lower leg and foot muscles.
The well-known piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes constricted. This not infrequently occurs due to prolonged sitting and incorrect posture, jerky and forceful movements in the hip can also be the trigger for a constriction. Due to the high range of the nerve, in the case of a narrowing, the pain can radiate into the back or also into the thigh, in some cases even into the calf and the foot.
In order to release the tension and constriction from the ischiadic nerve, the tension from the piriformis must be relieved. We prefer the Middle Man for this region. Maurice and Nico show you how to find this deep-seated muscle and treat it selectively in the video above.Combine your Trigger routine with mobility exercices and you will feel the difference.