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Piriformis Syndrome: A myth or real?

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The Piriformis Syndrome is well known across the globe!

Have you ever wondered if there is actually such a thing called “Piriformis Syndrome”?

I have the answer for you and you will be very surprised!

Take a look at this first…

The word “Pirum” in Latin means “pear”. So Piriformis is a pear shaped muscle.

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This muscle is part of your Glute muscles; your buttock basically. When the whole buttock goes tight, so does Piriformis.

The confusion starts when you feel tight buttock or sciatic-like pain at the back of the hip and leg. You then search on the web and you read about this world wide known “Piriformis Syndrome”!

Firstly, it sounds scary doesn’t it?

Secondly, you can name it anything you want but if we don’t understand what happens when the Piriformis goes tight then we can go on an endless reading mode and self diagnose our pain. This will only make us feel worse…

So what is Piriformis Syndrome?

This is when the tight Piriformis muscle traps the nearby nerve which is actually the top part of the sciatic nerve.

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In some of us, genetically that part of the sciatic nerve runs right through the Piriformis muscle instead of being just next to it. This means only one thing; very prone to injury!

And that’s because the tightness of the muscle will cause “spasm”, meaning the muscle will lock up. Imagine your fist as the Piriformis muscle. Now imagine holding tight the water pipe in your back garden inside your fist.

Question: What is going to happen to the rest of the pipe?

It will stop letting water through or at least not as much depending on how tight you holding it.

The same applies to the nerve being squeezed inside the muscle (your fist!)…

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BUT is Piriformis Syndrome a myth?

We can label things in different ways. Our muscles, joints, nerves don’t know they have names but only us do!

The water pipe example can happen anywhere in the body and we can call it anything we want 🙂

However, the most important thing you would need to understand about Piriformis “Syndrome” is this:

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We all have two joints in our trunk called the Sacro-Iliac Joints. These joints have the ability to move forwards and backwards in the same way that you would open a jar with your wrist twisting…or should I say holding a screwdriver and screw clockwise, same movement…

Don’t think too much into this you will get confused, i think i am :)!!!

SO WHEN THESE JOINTS ARE STUCK AND CAN’T SCREW FORWARDS OR BACKWARDS (CLOCKWISE OR ANTICLOSKWISE) THEN THE PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE AND ONLY THE PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE WILL LOCK ITSELF UP!

IT LOCKS UP BECAUSE OF ITS PEAR SHAPE AND OF HOW CLOSE IT IS TO THOSE SACRO-ILIAC JOINTS.

THEN THE SCIATIC NERVE IS BEING SQUEEZED INSIDE THE PIRIFORMIS MUSCLE LIKE THE WATER PIPE EXAMPLE…

AND GUESS WHAT????…..

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PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME !

Hope this helped folks. I’m back next week with more topics!

christos

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