Tight Piriformis

Yes, I am a tight ass, apparently.

so..will sitting on a tennis ball really help me?

Yeah I was going to say use a Med-ball or foam roller.

Very easy to fix.


Lie on your back.
Have your knees bent up and your feet on the ground.
Cross one leg so your ankle is across the other legs knee.
Hands behind knee that is bent and GENTLY pull that towards you


so...can anyone tell me how one can tell that someone has a tight piriformis?

just curious.


Dude, the Roller is awesome. I had one out of a piece of 5" PVC that I cut.

Oh man.....

Use a medicine ball or a foam roll.

Look for a qualified Active Release Techniques (ART) provider for myofascial release therapy. You may also have associated hypertonicity of the gluteus medius muscles.

Good luck!

I've been doing the foam roller at my gym. I think I just need to spend more time with that thing.

Does anyone have any referrals for someone who does ART in the SoCal area?

Here's a few ART providers in LA. Hope you have a speedy recovery:

Dr. Tarek Adra, DC
10474 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste.202
Los Angeles, CA 90025


Drs. Joel Bienenfeld, DC and Shunta Shimizu, DC
15247 Sunset Blvd #206
Los Angeles, CA 90272


Dr. Steven Salazar, DC
10801 National Blvd Ste 250
Los Angeles, CA 90064


Dr. Benjamin Kleinbrodt, DC
11633 San Vicente Blvd. Suite #214
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Wow, thanks!!!!

Have you been to any of them?

Haven't been to them. I practice in Canada and am an ART provider.

I can vouch for the foam roller. I've using one for the last, hum, 7-8 weeks, and the diffrence is mindboggling. Now streches actually do something!

Pardon my ignorance, but the idea is to in effect massage the tight muscle using the ball, roller, whatever?

I've go an old hamstring tear right up near my pelvis which doesn't seem to respond well to stretching. If I just sit the sore/tight spot on a ball/roller and move it around, will this assist?

Apologies for thread hijack attempt ;)

lol....apology not needed... :)

and yes, foam rollers, medicine balls, tennis balls, etc.

I've used them before on my hamstrings, quads, IT band,calves, etc.

but didn't even think of sitting on it until now.


it seems so obvious now I've read about it. But I never heard of or though of doing such a thing before.

Good luck with your Piriformis.