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Targeting low back discomfort

The piriformis muscle, located on the outside of the butt (gluteal) muscles, aids hip rotation. Since the piriformis crosses over the sciatic nerve, if tight, it can result in sciatic nerve irritation.

Piriformis Stretch:

Sit on the floor with both legs extended. Cross your right leg over your left. Place your right foot flat on the floor – with your right hand on the floor behind your body. Place your left hand on the outside of your right quad or your left elbow on the outside of your right knee – pulling your right leg to the left, as you twist your torso to the right. Eliminate the spinal rotation, if the action irritates your back. Breathe normally and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat to the opposite side.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

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