The Piriformis Muscle
Sometimes running can be a pain in the butt. Literally. There’s a small muscle located deep in the back of your hip called the piriformis, and when you run it can become tight. The piriformis is a stabilizing muscle that helps support your leg when you hit the ground. When the other muscles (such as your hamstrings) become fatigued….it tries to help push you forward. Unfortunately, the piriformis fatigues easily which can cause tightness and pain.
Stretching the piriformis can greatly reduce the pain improve mobility, allowing you to run more freely. While there are a number of stretches that can help, there is one that seems to be more effective than others:
The above recommendations reflect some of the basics about this injury. As always, seek medical advice should you be experiencing painful symptoms.
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Joe Simko, PT
Physical Therapist, Fit For Life Physical Therapy