A great question came up about foam rolling the piriformis so I wanted to share with you a quick tip on foam rolling the piriformis.
I know the video is short. The batteries of the camera were almost dead and I wanted to share this tip with you before I forgot.
The foam roller is great for foam rolling the piriformis.
It is one of the things that I recommend for someone that has piriformis syndrome.
Foam rolling the piriformis helps self massage the piriformis and address any trigger points that are in the piriformis.
There are two ways to foam roll the piriformis.
One is less intense and maybe appropriate for someone who has high sensitivity in the piriformis.
The second is one way of hitting the piriformis right on.
Two Ways of Foam Rolling Your Piriformis Muscle
I didn’t do a video of the two piriformis exercises but I took a few photos.
In the first photo, I foam rolling my piriformis. Explaining how to do the exercise. You start by sitting on the foam roller with your ischial tuberosity (sits bones) on the foam roller. You bring the right foot on top of the left knee. Then you shift your weight onto your right cheek. Then you roll the foam roller from below your sits bone to above your sit bone.
In the second photo is the set up of the foam roller. I am not on the foam roller but I am showing you the position you are in and the position the foam roller is in. If you look the foam roller is perpendicular to the right leg which if the side that is being foam rolled.
In the third photo I show you the angle that hits the piriformis right on. If you look the foam roller is at a 45 degree angle to the right leg.
I would recommend trying the foam rolling of the piriformis with your client but remember, you need to be selective. Some clients maybe to sensitive for them to foam roll the piriformis and some will have difficulties getting in and out of the position.
If you are looking for more foam rolling tips, I would recommend that you check out when the next time I am teaching Foam Roller Essentials – Stretching, Active Release and Balance course. It is a fun class and I go through all kinds of foam rolling exercises.
Rick Kaselj, MS