As many of you continue working at home, your posture is most likely on the fritz. We want to ensure you are moving and stretching to keep the body loose.

If you are experiencing pain or irritation when going from sitting to standing, you may have a misaligned or inflamed piriformis. The piriformis is a muscle found deep in the buttock. When it is tight, it can greatly affect flexibility in the hip region. Likewise, hip flexibility may have suffered as a result of sitting on a bed or at a makeshift desk.

To help loosen the hips, sit in a chair or lie on your back.

Bring the left foot up to the right thigh.

In a chair, try leaning forward to feel a stretch.

If lying down try bending the right knee and bringing the right foot up in the air for a deeper stretch.

If stretching isn’t doing the trick, we suggest the following:

  • Make an appointment with our family nurse practitioner for trigger point injections.
  • See our physical therapist or licensed massage therapist for manual therapy.
  • Pelvic or sacral and lower extremity adjustments are also proven treatments to help alleviate pain associated with piriformis syndrome.

Not sure which is the best treatment for you? No worries. After your initial examination at our office, you will know the quickest plan to get you out of pain.