Stop That Pain In the Butt

Thai massage and self-stretching exercises that target the piriformis muscle can help relieve the painful symptoms of piriformis syndrome.

Do you ever feel dull, achy, throbbing, or searing buttock pain? The piriformis may be contributing to this bad posture.

Your piriformis is a small muscle beneath your glutes that helps rotate and stabilize your hips. When the piriformis muscle spasms, it causes pain throughout the buttocks. It can also pressure your sciatic nerve and cause piriformis syndrome, symptoms of which include pain, numbness, or tingling along the back of the leg or foot. 

Piriformis syndrome is frequently responsible for lower back pain or sciatica. It tends to be more common in women and middle-aged adults. While medications like pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatories can help, Thai massage, stretching and exercise are the most recommended treatments for this painful affliction. 

Self-stretching can only take you so far. The passive stretches in a Thai massage are deeper as we can apply pressure as your muscle relaxes and control the stretch more than using gravity or your own muscle strength to do a stretch.

During a Traditional Thai massage in the supine position, numerous stretches target the piriformis muscle. My favourite sequence, which almost every person needs due to our sedentary lifestyle, includes three excellent stretches; the piriformis stretch, the twist stretch and the chorus line stretch.

Book a Thai massage to experience this sequence, or visit my school website to learn how to do these stretches, plus some self-stretches and exercises to keep the piriformis in check.

How To Relieve the Piriformis Muscle

What is the piriformis? How do you know if you have Piriformis Syndrome? What Thai massage stretches and self-stretches target this muscle?

Buttocks pain can be caused by piriformis syndrome.
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