Piriformis syndrome is disorder which occurs due to the compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. The compression of the sciatic nerve can result in pain, tingling, numbness along the either path of the nerve descending from lower thigh downwards to the legs
Massage Therapy For Piriformis Syndrome
In addition to the use of conventional modern medical treatment, physical therapy, massage and stretching have been considered to be beneficial to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and the back to reduce strain on the piriformis muscle.
Massage therapy when used in concordance with Ice massage is believed to provide instantaneous relief.Some have suggested the use of alternating heat and ice massage to provide relief. Further, simple stretch exercises can improve the range of motion and reduce pain considerably.
Piriformis Syndrome Massage Treatment
Massage is one of the best therapies to help manage the syndrome effectively. Massage should be done by a trained and qualified massage therapist. Here are the simple tips,
- The massaging of the gluteal region is critical part of the massage therapy
- Lie down in prone position (i.e. on your abdomen).
- The massage therapist will then massage from the sacrum down to the head of the femur. This will stimulate the rotator muscles of the hip which will reduce the strain on the muscle.
- Deep pressure is applied while massaging, depending upon the pain tolerance of the individual.
Using ice therapy along with a aforementioned massage technique can provide great benefits. However, the muscle is deep and hence ice therapy will have little benefit if use in isolation.