Sciatica Sitting Position

Seated Hamstring Stretch 1

This is a seated hamstring stretch. It isnice to perform if you are stuck in a sitting position for a long time, like a long cartrip, or at the office. All you need is a chair, or a couch. What you are going to dois sit on the edge. You are going to extend the leg out in front of you that you wantto stretch, sit up nice and tall, so that you are not slumping through your lower back.You want to be all the way up, nice neutral spine position, then — maintaining thatposition — you are going to slowly lean forward, until you feel a stretch in the backof your thigh. Hold that position for about thirty seconds to a minute and then you canback out of it. You want to make sure that

when you are doing the stretch, you are notletting your knee bend. If you find that your knee does keep bending, you can use your handsto put gentle pressure above your knee cap on your thigh and help hold it in a straightenedposition. And that is your seated hamstring stretch.

Piriformis Syndrome versus Sciatica Animation

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular conditionwhere the piriformis muscle one of the deep gluteal muscles presses on and compressesthe sciatic nerve causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttock area and down thepath of sciatic nerve to the thigh and leg. Sciatic nerve runs UNDER the piriformis muscleand may be irritated when the muscle is too tight or shortened due to spasms. Piriformissyndrome is to be differentiated from sciatica which shows similar symptoms but has differentcauses. Diagnosis is commonly done by EXCLUSION ofsciatica. Because sciatica usually associates with compression of sciatic nerve roots bya herniated disc, sciatic symptoms in the

ABSENCE of spinal disc herniation are indicativeof piriformis syndrome. Causes and risk factors of piriformis syndromeinclude: Anatomical abnormality of the nervemusclerelation. Some people are more likely to get piriformis syndrome than others. Tightness or spasm of the piriformis muscle due to overuse injury. This commonly happensin sport activities that put pressure on the piriformis muscle such as bicycling, runningwithout proper stretching, or any activity that involves repeated movements of the legsperformed in sitting position. Treatment options include: Stretching exercises, massage, avoidance

of causative activities. Antiinflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants for relief of symptoms. Physical therapy that strengthens the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and biceps femorisis usually recommended to reduce strain on the piriformis muscle.

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