Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome is a condition characterized by pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks and often down the leg. It occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. Traditional treatment includes stretches, massage, anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, limits on activity, and occasionally surgery.

How the Gokhale Method can help

With a tucked pelvis, the piriformis muscle and other muscles around the hip joint, can become abnormally oriented or contracted. Since the piriformis lies directly over the sciatic nerve just as it exits the pelvis via the sciatic notch, this can result in pain and dysfunction along the distribution of the sciatic nerve. Restoring normal pelvic configuration gives this muscle a chance to relax appropriately, and perform its function as an external hip rotator without impinging the sciatic nerve.

You can learn how to restore normal pelvic configuration in a way that gives the piriformis muscle a chance to relax appropriately, and perform its function as an external hip rotator without impinging on the sciatic nerve.

Where can I learn more?

You can learn how to restore your pelvis to a healthy position in Sessions 2, 3, and 5 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lessons 2, 4, 6, and 8 of the book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back.

Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.