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What Is The Piriformis?

I have to admit, before I started having health issues in my forties, I didn’t know anything about this small muscle located deep in the buttock, behind the gluteus maximus. It connects the spine to the top of the femur and allows impressive flexibility in the hip region. The sciatic nerve passes underneath this muscle on its route to the posterior thigh. For some individuals, though, the sciatic nerve can actually pass right through the muscle, leading to sciatica symptoms caused by a condition known as piriformis syndrome--pain that just won’t go away (as well as poor mobility and balance).

Causes of Piriformis Syndrome

The exact causes of piriformis syndrome are unknown. Many medical professionals can’t determine a cause, so they cannot really diagnose it. Lower back pain caused by an impinged piriformis muscle accounts for 6-8% of those experiencing back pain.

The following are suspected causes of piriformis syndrome:

– Tightening of the muscle, in response to injury or spasm

– Swelling of the piriformis muscle, due to injury or spasm

– Irritation in the piriformis muscle itself

– Irritation of a nearby structure such as the sacroiliac joint or hip – Bleeding in the area of the piriformis muscle

Any one of the above can affect the piriformis muscle, as well as the adjacent sciatic nerve. Also, a misaligned or inflamed piriformis can cause pain while sitting and when moving from sitting to standing.

This can often be alleviated by doing a stretch that releases tight piriformis muscles, and relaxes the sciatic nerve.

Constriction of the piriformis muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve because they lay in close proximity to each other. By irritating the sciatic nerve, the result is pain (either in the lower back or thigh), numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot.

Read more at “How To Get A Deep Piriformis Stretch To Get Rid of Sciatica, Hip & Lower Back Pain.” I know from experience, if your back hurts, everything hurts. Try out the deep piriformis stretches and let me know if you get relief.

 

 




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 06/19/2019, Wednesday

 Make & Take Wednesday - 2:00pm

What: SOMETHING NEW: on the third Wednesday of each month, we're doing MAKE & TAKE ROLLER BOTTLE BLENDS at the coffeehouse! Limited seating, so be sure and RSVP. So excited!


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Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 06/20/2019, Thursday

 FemCity Johnson City Collective Event - 11:30am

What: FemCity is a place for women in business to come together in support of each other. And it’s happening right here, in our own community. I am honored to co-lead this new group and invite you to be a part of it!

Check it out here: https://femcity.com/collective-workshops/johnson-city-collective-june-workshop

What is a FemCity Collective?
A small powerhouse community for 25 business women, who come together each month for our signature monthly FemCity Collective Series - an innovative blend of business, education, mastermind, and networking, crafted with a diverse pro-women environment and filled with positivity and gratitude moments. Each month, our Collective members will get together for FemCity’s signature programming. Each gathering includes professional development, networking, and camaraderie. Space is limited to only 25 business members.

Your first event is FREE so come to check out our group of passionate, like-minded, career-driven women. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience our FemCity Collective and learn what we’re all about.
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BUSINESS MEMBERS: Welcome back and I can't wait to kick off the next collective, bring a prospective member to this months meeting and if they join you will be entered to win a free gift from me!!!

Advance registration is required for all to attend at: https://femcity.com/collective-workshops/johnson-city-collective-june-workshop

I believe strongly in supporting women in business and hope you will consider being a part of this incredible group.

***Reminder: You must register on the event page to attend and spots are limited!!


Where:Rocks Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, 3119 Bristol Hwy #108, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:11:30am to 1:00pm

 06/26/2019, Wednesday

 B2C Visitor Day! - 11:30am

What: It's Visitor Day for my networking group. Business to Community! If you're a business owner and love to meet new people and network, you won't want to miss this event! Let me know you're coming and I'll save you a seat!

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Where:Blackthorn Club at The Ridges, 1501 Ridges Club Dr, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA

Duration:11:30am to 1:00pm

 06/27/2019, Thursday

 Essential Oils and Brain Health (for members of the Kingsport Senior Center) - 2:00pm

What: Let's have some fun learning how essential oils can help support brain health!
*members of the senior center only

More details.


Where:Kingsport Senior Center, 1200 E Center St Ste 121, Kingsport, TN 37660, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 07/17/2019, Wednesday

 Make & Take Wednesday - 2:00pm

What: SOMETHING NEW: on the third Wednesday of each month, we're doing MAKE & TAKE ROLLER BOTTLE BLENDS at the coffeehouse! Limited seating, so be sure and RSVP. So excited!


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Where:Open Doors Coffeehouse, 101 E 8th Ave, Johnson City, TN 37601, USA

Duration:2:00pm to 4:00pm

 07/18/2019, Thursday

 Oil Chat with Becky (online) - 8:30pm

What: Grab your favorite beverage (maybe decaf since it's after dinner?!) and join us for a fun, casual, brief educational training. We'll have a different topic each month, but will leave plenty of time at the end for questions, sharing tips and getting to know one another. All levels of "oilers" welcome! 
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE WITH AN EMAIL to receive the invitation link. I can't wait to see everyone!


Where:online!

Duration:8:30pm to 9:15pm

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