Foam Roller: Piriformis Relief

The piriformis muscle is a flat muscle located in the gluteal region near the top of the hip joint. This muscle is important in lower body movement because it stabilizes the hip joint and lifts and rotates the thigh away from the body. This enables us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance. It is also used in sports that involve lifting and rotating the thighs.

Tight or irritated piriformis can cause pain and spasms. There are a few different exercises that will help you relieve pain from piriformis, this particular truly works for me.

Also, foam rolling the gluteal area will relieve tension in your lower back ( an area we do not foam rolling). Please, read the general instructions on how to foam rolling, here.

12 thoughts on “Foam Roller: Piriformis Relief”

    1. Yes! Sometimes, less than a minute. But then you (me) want to stay a little bit longer 😀
      Maximum recommended is 20 minutes per session, more than that is pure vice 😀
      Big hugs!!

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  1. Thank you for the great idea! After having to go to PT last year because I could barely move because of the Pirformis (I thought I had severe arthritis in my hip joints it hurt so much) but nope just this little thing that causes excruciating pain! I will be trying this to keep it at bay.

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    1. Wow! Glad to hear it´s just a piriformis issue.
      If you feel the foam rollers doesn´t get to your piriformis, you may try a tennis ball, lacrosse or golf ball, to reach exactly the piriformis. Let me tell you, it´s uncomfortable at the beginning… take deep breathes and let the ball do the magic 😀

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  2. Chape,
    Another helpful foam roller video, and exert. Definitely doing well with this whole foam rolling series, by the time I purchase one, I will have your whole library of ideas to use!


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