Piriformis Syndrome (Sciatica)
The piriformis is a deep muscle in the buttocks which helps in rotation of the hip.
The sciatic nerve often passes close to or through the piriformis muscle. This means that when the muscle is tight it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This causes sciatica, which is characterised as pain in the buttocks, running down the back of the thigh or down the whole leg. Because of these symptoms piriformis syndrome can be mistaken for a slipped disc. Diagnosis by x-ray or MRI scan helps to distinguish the two conditions.
Untreated piriformis syndrome / sciatica can result in partial paralysis and muscle wasting.
Myofascial Release for Piriformis Syndrome
Complementary therapy for piriformis syndrome by myofascial release and advanced massage therapy includes work on the muscles and soft tissues of the hips, buttocks & upper leg, including the piriformis itself.