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The piriformis muscle is often implicated in hip, back and leg pain. Tightness or dysfunction of the muscle may cause pain directly. It may also produce pain indirectly by compressing the sciatic nerve, which runs down the back of the leg.

How to Stretch the Piriformis:

  • Start by lying on your back with knees bent comfortably and feet on the ground.
  • Place the outer portion of the ankle of the leg you wish to stretch onto the opposite knee.
  • Lift the knee and grab the underside of your thigh.
  • Pull your thigh towards you until you feel a stretch in the side of your hip.
  • Hold for 20-30 seconds (or as prescribed by your physiotherapist).
  • Change sides and repeat.