It is never just one muscle that causes your muscle pain.
It doesn’t matter if you have sciatica, piriformis syndrome, plantarfascitis or even herniated disks. You aren’t a jumble of separate body parts randomly put together; you’re a living, breathing, constantly changing system, controlled by the brain and coordinated to move as a whole piece. Or at least that’s the way your sensory motor system sees it. I know it often can feel like, “if I can only relax my X muscle, then my life would be grand.” It would be nice if that were the case, but it’s not.
There’s always a full body pattern of contraction involved in whatever muscle pain is bothering you.
Once you address the muscles that your painful muscle coordinates with in movement, then you can fully relax that muscle for long term pain relief.
Yes, you can have a piriformis that seems to be the culprit in your pain – never relaxing – but if you don’t address all the muscles in the PATTERN of contraction that causes the piriformis to get stuck in chronic contraction – you’ll never learn the following:
- what movement pattern got you into the problem in the first place
- how to prevent your pain from coming back
- how to be more aware of your body as you move on a daily basis
Here’s a video clip about what to do for piriformis syndrome. For those of you who already have my DVD, Pain Relief Through Movement, you’ll see that I’m giving you some pointers for the Back Lift, and a variation for the Steeple Twist that specifically helps for piriformis syndrome.
If you don’t have my DVD, you can get it here.