Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Improving my Piriform-ance!?






the piriformis is a little muscle in the butt - sits underneath and below the glutes and more importantly near the sciatic nerve.
when it gets narky it can upset the nerve causing back/hammy/calf tightness and pain.
sitting prone on the massage table the other day with the massage dudes elbow square in the middle of my very painful butt confirmed to me that my 'tightness' post lamington run has been related to piriformis syndrome.

luckily things arent too bad and i will front up at the start of bright 4 peaks on the weekend.
will trot the first day and see how things go from there.
note to self: IGNORE OTHER RUNNERS, IGNORE ALL THOSE LOVELY HILLS JUST GO SLOWLY!!!!!
of course the big test may be the 4 hour drive to bright from the airport on friday!!
my cheek is aching already.
i am currently sitting on a pillow typing this :)
so i guess 40% of mellum currently has butt-ache!

booked into the overland track hike with TOH end of january.
its the 'executive trek' ie. nice huts/hot water/sleeping bags supplied.
very excited - already have done a couple of practice packs and went gear shopping again on the weekend!
i think i need professional help :)

speaking of which these little babies arrived today ...
http://www.highgear.com/prod/Axis11.cfm?InventoryID=11&CategoryID=4
(picture above) and...
http://www.aeromedix.com/product-exec/product_id/1068/nm/AMK_Heatsheets_Emergency_Bivvy
now i've just GOT to get to anaconda before their sale ends ;)

did nothing all week except attend physio/massage appointments

8 Comments:

Blogger Jen_runs said...

I have trouble with that stoopid muscle all the time :-(

Good luck on the weekend. I have to say that Overland Track sounds fantastic - of course, I'd have to go back & do it again 'properly' (ie running) ;-)

5:28 AM  
Blogger Spud said...

Hope the butt muscle behaves itself at the weekend Bro. Have fun!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Mister G said...

What is it about Mellum and troublesome arses?

Envious of your trip to Bright Four Peaks. Nice!

8:41 AM  
Blogger 2P said...

I prefer the pic of the watch ;-)

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Owl said...

When I was a massage therapist I used to really get a lot of pleasure from performing a piriformis release. I'm not sure if it was the excrutiating pain I was inflicting or the relief people got afterwards that was more satisfying. :-)

Interestingly I used to have a client who's piriformis was superficial to her other glutes. It was weird to be able to feel the whole muscle. She also had the sciatic nerve immerging from the belly of the muscle (I know, that's not so uncommon) but with her piriforms being on top of the other gluteal muscles it meant that she sat on her sciatic nerve! Ouch! Sitting for long periods of time caused her lots of issues.

Anyway...that was a bit of useless information wasn't it?

6:45 AM  
Blogger An Aussie running across France said...

That muscle problem sounds awfully familiar, somehow think you've been having it treated a little longer than i have been as there's no way i'd be doing those hills at this point (on the other hand i know from experience there what you have ahead of you). Anyway have a great long weekend,
Kelvin

5:47 PM  
Blogger Tesso said...

I got a bit excited when you said something about a baby arriving. I thought perhaps you might have made a playmate for young Billy Bellenger.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Talicca said...

I can certainly sympathise with the "elbow in the glute" thing ;) Sorry to hear you're having issues though. Hope it gets sorted out soon :)

7:57 AM  

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