How To NOT Fix Sciatica (Piriformis Syndrome Stretch) Ditch the Tennis Ball & Foam Roller

How To NOT Fix Sciatica (Piriformis Syndrome Stretch) Ditch the Tennis Ball & Foam Roller

How to NOT Fix Sciatica

A common mistake I see when it comes to the treatment of sciatica caused by piriformis syndrome is the use of a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, or a foam roller.

After ruling out a herniated disc is not causing your sciatic nerve problems, you should look to the pelvis and many times the culprit is the piriformis muscle.

When the piriformis becomes tight or inflamed, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and you can get the sensations going down the leg. Symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and sharp shooting pain.

A common mistake I’ve seen on YouTube videos and at different gyms and clinics, is people using a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, or foam rollers to apply pressure to the piriformis muscle in order to relax it.

If your sciatica is caused by piriformis syndrome, applying pressure to an area that’s already compressed will only add more pressure to that nerve.

What you should do instead is stretch the muscle causing the problem so that it relaxes. In this video you’ll learn an easy stretch you can do on the floor.

You simply lay on your back with both legs bent. Then cross the painful leg over the good one. And pull the affected leg towards the opposite shoulder and hold that stretch for 30 seconds.

Repeat the stretch as needed.

This will help to relieve the sciatic pain associated with piriformis syndrome.

Here’s another video with a very deep stretch for the piriformis muscle

As with any conditions, there is no quick fix. You have to consistently perform sciatica stretches and exercises to achieve the best results.

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If your sciatica is caused by herniated discs, watch this video where I show the top 3 sciatica exercises

You can also watch that video on my YouTube channel here

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How To NOT Fix Sciatica (Piriformis Syndrome Stretch)