• Tanvi Desai

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Piriformis Syndrome

Updated: Jul 27

The human body is susceptible to far too many kinds of muscle aches and pain. May it be a lack of activity or too much activity–our bodies always seem to carry a risk of getting “injured”. In my office, I have seen several individuals looking for pain relief, simply wanting to live their days to the fullest again.

The piriformis syndrome is a common hindrance to this. It often causes varying degrees of problems–and makes it difficult for people to get through the day. Are you experiencing this condition? How can you tell? And of course–what can I do to treat your piriformis syndrome?

It’ll only take a minute to fill you in-

Piriformis Syndrome- What is it?

To begin with, the “piriformis” is a small muscle in the buttocks. And the sciatic nerve runs through the buttocks and down to the toes. Now, piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle tightens–and pinches the sciatic nerve as a result. This, of course, causes the nerve to get irritated and opens up to various symptoms.

If you are dealing with piriformis syndrome, you are likely to experience some or all of these symptoms-

  • Sciatica (pain–all along the lower back, hips, and legs)

  • Increased sensitivity around the buttocks

  • Pain in the buttocks and legs

  • Difficulty or pain, particularly when seated

  • Tingling or numbness in the buttocks–or along the back of the legs

If it is an extreme case of piriformis syndrome, these symptoms may get debilitating. Patients are usually unable to perform basic, everyday tasks–like sitting, driving, or other chores.

What may cause it?

The piriformis muscle is always at work. It is used when you are sitting, walking, or even just shifting your weight from one side or the other. That is partly why piriformis syndrome is such a common condition. Generally, the causes behind this condition include-

  • Injuries around the hip muscles

  • “Too much” exercise

  • Incorrect lifting posture/techniques

  • Long periods of inactivity/too much sitting

  • Sudden twisting of the hips

Chiropractic care for Piriformis syndrome

With patients of piriformis syndrome, I begin with diagnosing and identifying the root of the problem. Using different stretches and assessments–I can check for pain or a case of disc herniation.

The treatment for piriformis syndrome will include-

  • Chiropractic adjustments

Misalignments or “structural shifts” may be causing the piriformis muscle to get irritated. With the right spinal and pelvic adjustments–I can address this problem and help the sciatic nerve “relax”. This has often been effective in relieving pain and pressure around the piriformis.

  • Massage therapy

With gentle pressure, I can help loosen the muscles surrounding the sciatic to ease the pain. This also improves the circulation around the tight muscles–aiding the healing process. For many patients, this has been a great way to help them relax.

  • Stretches and exercises

Some simple, gentle movements may be key in improving your mobility and reducing pain. In my office, I can walk you through some basic exercises you may perform–based on your condition. Core muscle exercises, foot exercises, and other stretches, in particular, have proven useful in reducing piriformis pain.

Piriformis syndrome can get exhausting, but there are several ways out of this problem. If you are dealing with piriformis pain, there are some remedies you could try out at home! For starters, if your day includes a lot of physical activity, you could try and ease it down a bit. Take regular breaks, and if you are feeling pain–pause the activity for a while. Now, if your day includes a lot of sitting, you may want to move around or at least change the position every 15 minutes or so. Correcting your sitting posture or trying out ergonomic chairs can be a great idea!

Is the pain getting too severe to handle? Please do not hesitate to get a check-up. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, gentle and natural treatment awaits you. Dr. Tanvi Desai will have a close look at your condition and identify the perfect route of treatment for you.

Let’s raise your health back up.

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