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Piriformis Stretch

Picture of how to do the piriformis stretch
  • Lie on your back. Bend your right knee so that your right foot is flat on the floor.
  • Cross your left leg over your right so that your left ankle rests on your right knee.
  • Use your hands to grab hold of your left knee and pull it gently toward the opposite shoulder. You should feel the stretch in your buttocks and hips.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Relax, and then repeat with the other leg.
  • Repeat this cycle 2 to 4 times.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

Current as ofNovember 29, 2017

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