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controlling the piriformis (sciatica)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Blackert Feb 7, 2014. 12 Replies

Hey guys, I've been running for a while and recently I've started to suffer from sciatica  and my piriformis is strained. I could do with some advice. A little bit about me, I run in sandals and…Continue

MAF Tests

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Bassett Feb 19, 2013. 16 Replies

Hi Guys,I've currently been making major changes to my training, namely I'm training aerobically.  Using the the Phil Maffetone principle of 180 minus your age minus 5 to find my max aerobic heart…Continue

Hamstring strength

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Bassett Jun 22, 2012. 5 Replies

Morning all,Do any of you have any interesting exercises for hamstring strength.  I'd posted some questions earlier about inner knee pain, which eric and a few others kindly answered.  Since then…Continue

Any people from London?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Orton May 25, 2012. 1 Reply

Just wondering if there were any people here from london?PaulContinue

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Niel Knoblauch liked Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
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Karen Blackert replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Beth- get Eric's book The Cool Impossible. The exercises are in the book. It's a great read and you'll be inspired!"
Feb 7, 2014
Patrick Garrick replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Thanks, Eric. This makes a lot of sense. BTW, the slant board and balance disk exercises seem to helping with my piriformis issue."
Feb 6, 2014
Eric Orton replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Hey everyone - great discussion here.  It is very important to understand that how we train and use our feet, dictate how well we use other muscles up the legs to the glutes/hips. More here: New idea for run Strength"
Feb 5, 2014
Beth Hall replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Can you please direct me to the foot/leg stability exercises? I am really desperate to do these as I have been to every therapist type possible with no relief, and am still stuck with debiliating hip/SI/piriformis/sciatica/glute med &…"
Feb 5, 2014
Patrick Garrick replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Thanks, Paul. That is very encouraging. Did you discontinue the yoga/stretching, or did you just start to do the pistol squats?"
Jan 16, 2014
Paul Bassett replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Hey Patrick, You know what, Eric's suggestion to do pistol squats nailed it.  Within three days the pain disappeared and within a month I was running without pain (on short runs of 5 miles).  I've not looked back and make it…"
Jan 16, 2014
Patrick Garrick liked Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
Jan 15, 2014
Patrick Garrick replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Wow. It's nice to find some information about this. I have been running for not quite 3 years now. At age 38, I have never sustained any serious injuris before. I have had to expected aches and pains of running here and there due to soreness…"
Jan 15, 2014
Paul Bassett replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"Thanks Eric,   I've actually started doing a program to build to a one leg pistol squat using Pavel's Naked Warrior principles.  Essentially, using nerve force (training the brain to fire the muscle fibres effeciently) and…"
Dec 6, 2013
Paul Bassett replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"You have pretty much described my issues exactly.  Driving kills me! However, I've spent 15 years driving and never had a problem... The solution appears on the horizon as I paid for a FMS (functional movement systems) movement screen (by…"
Dec 6, 2013
Eric Orton replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"How we train our leg strength and stability, depends on HOW we train the feet.  So what you experienced Karen is dead on. @Paul - if you are not doing the foot/leg stability exercises Karen mentioned, I would highly recommend them for your…"
Dec 5, 2013
Karen Blackert replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"I have also had trouble with my piriformis and IT band for years. I began Eric's balance exercises at the end of the summer and noticed that after 3 or 4 weeks my piriformis pain subsided. Maybe this was just a coincidence, but I am willing to…"
Dec 5, 2013
Patricia Keene replied to Paul Bassett's discussion controlling the piriformis (sciatica)
"I have also injured my periformis.  The cause of mine I believe was orthotics I was prescribed after injuring my knee.   I'm now having treatment from a chiropractioner but though the pain has gone  my Glute muscles around my hip…"
Dec 5, 2013
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controlling the piriformis (sciatica)

Hey guys, I've been running for a while and recently I've started to suffer from sciatica  and my piriformis is strained. I could do with some advice. A little bit about me, I run in sandals and minimalist shoes, I've been trained in POSE technique and no longer have knee or foot pain.  I do MOVNAT strength training and I also do Yoga. I've never had piriformis trouble before, but it keeps flaring up.  I started yoga six months ago, and the pain started 3 months ago... could it be this? I also…See More
Sep 19, 2013
Paul Bassett replied to Paul Bassett's discussion MAF Tests
"It's hard with weather extremes, It's been cold windy and altogether dark and miserable in the UK.   When you're running into a head wind for 1-2 hours it effects your heart rate I find. I've done some weights, but I…"
Feb 19, 2013

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half marathon
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marathon
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running a marathon well

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