Massage therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues in the body. Soft tissue is found throughout our body, and is comprised of muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fat tissue, joints and blood vessels. Massage techniques are applied with the hands, elbows, forearms, and sometimes devices.
According to the World Health Organization, every year over two million people in North America undergo MRI scans to determine the origin of their leg and lower back/buttock pain. The term sciatica is often used to describe the problem and about 300,000 try to solve it through lumbar spine surgery. Unfortunately, the success rate is low and many find no relief from the pain or symptoms.
Where is the piriformis muscle located?
The piriformis sits around the hip and thigh and is involved in turning the hip out (external rotation). Though small in comparison to other muscles, it is crucial to providing a full range of motion. The piriformis courses behind the hip joint where the muscle and tendon have an intimate relationship with the sciatic nerve.
As the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic