Do you suffer from low back pain? Are you worried you’ve developed Sciatica? Perhaps it’s Piriformis syndrome!
The piriformis muscle is a muscle in your buttocks that helps with lateral rotation of the thigh (turning you toe out), Abduction (moving leg away from midline) and assists with stabilizing your hip in place
It originates from your sacrum (the upside-down triangle at the base of your spine) and inserts on your greater trochanter (top of thigh bone)
Things that can cause the piriformis to tighten include history of trauma to the area, repetitive, vigorous activity such as long-distance running, or prolonged sitting. When it is inflamed it can elicit pain when going up stairs or pressing on the area. It also causes pain to travel down the back of the leg in the hallmark “sciatica” pattern as it compresses the sciatic nerve which travels through the muscle.
A good video on piriformis stretches can be found here