Do you experience pain sitting for long periods? Does walking or running hurt your hip or back? Do you have numbness, tingling or symptoms in your leg, thigh or foot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a hip muscle problem or hip arthritis. The problem may be a spasm and over tightening of your piriformis muslce, which can pinch the sciatic nerve. The origin of the problem may certainly originate elsewhere, like your back, knee, foot or other leg, however releasing the piriformis and stretching your hip can significantly reduce your pain and increase your ability to sit for long periods or resume your normal activity level. This is a video that shows a great massage technique and stretch for your hip.
If you have any concern or are unsure about where your pain or limitations are coming from, be sure to make an appointment with a physical therapist who can diagnose your movement problem and help you on your way to feeling better and enjoying your daily activities again.