This article will provide a clearer picture on Piriformis Syndrome and how to use Yoga to manage and ease the associated pain.Piriformis syndrome is a description for a set of symptoms that you feel in your butt area Ã¢â‚¬â€œ specifically:
Functionally, it is believed to be caused by an excessively tight piriformis muscle. The theory is that when the muscle is really tight, or in spasm, it places pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is located just under the piriformis (and for some people, right through the piriformis). When pressure is placed on the nerve, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“nerve symptomsÃ¢â‚¬Â like dull aches, radiating sciatic-type pain occur.
Note, that this is just a theory and that other things may be happening to cause this type of pain to occur Ã¢â‚¬â€œ things like bulging or herniated discs, and other spinal problems. Be sure to get these checked out by a physiotherapist specializing in manual therapy, a chiropractor or a sports med doctor.If your spinal column is not the cause and pain continues, a key question to ask is why is the piriformis really tight? A muscle doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just get tight on its own. There are always collaborators!
The piriformis muscle connects the pelvis to the leg. Therefore, if there is any tightness, imbalance, or dysfunction of the legs or of the pelvis, the piriformis may get really tight and piriformis syndrome may occur.
The following are some of the collaborators:
What can we do in Yoga?
If someone is experiencing the pain and symptoms associated with piriformis syndrome, they need to ease out of their Yoga practice. Trying to stretch through the pain will not improve the functioning.