The piriformis muscle is located in the hips and it serves a few functions. If you have ever had any pain in the hips that may move to the buttocks, you might have an irritation of the piriformis. This commonly occurs in runners. Here are some of the functions of the piriformis muscle.
• Externally rotate the leg when the foot is off the ground.
• Stabilize the pelvis during movement.
• Provide balance when standing on 1 foot.
The piriformis can become tight and cause irritation that leads to pain and discomfort in the hips. Piriformis SMR, found in the LIVE online personal training program, is a corrective exercise that helps to release the tightness in the hips and decrease the associated pain, allowing you to move more freely and run more efficiently. Self myofascial release , or SMR, is a technique of giving yourself a massage and relieving stressful tight knots and tissue so you can increase your flexibility and the technique is performed with a foam roll.
The exercise is completed by crossing one leg over the other and rolling back and forth over the painful or tight area until the pain has decreased. As part of a fitness routine, you may use this technique frequently for optimal results.
Every exercise in the LIVE online fitness plans provide video and audio instruction for completing the corrective exercise and your online personal trainer will teach you how to incorporate this exercise in to your online workout routine.