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Piriformis Stretch


Picture of how to do the piriformis stretch

  1. Lie on your back. Bend your right knee so that your right foot is flat on the floor.
  2. Cross your left leg over your right so that your left ankle rests on your right knee.
  3. 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.
  4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
  5. Relax, and then repeat with the other leg.
  6. Repeat this cycle 2 to 4 times.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last RevisedFebruary 15, 2012

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