The A.R.T. of Making Piriformis Syndrome Less of a Pain In The Butt.

Sometimes it starts gradually, sometimes suddenly. You describe a pain in your “hip”, “butt” “low back.”  The pain radiates all around the front and back of your hip, and sometimes it tingles down the leg.   Many people call it “sciatica.” It is often affectionately called “Piriformis Syndrome,” after a single tiny muscle in the butt that sometimes pinches the sciatic nerve.

My colleague Clayton Roach ingeniously describes piriformis syndrome as “the pain you can’t explain.”. Despite it’s mysterious demeanour, it is one of the most common issues I see in practice. It is common because many of us exercise, then we sit to much.  The pressure of sitting decreases oxygen flow in the muscles, making them less likely to heal.

Who Gets Piriformis Syndrome?

If you are a hiker, cyclist, runner or weight lifter who also drives or sits at a desk all day, you are a prime candidate for this.

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)

ART is a system of diagnosis and treatment that isolates structures, improves fluidity of movement, and improves texture.  An ART practitioner will  be able to identify not only the affected muscles (piriformis, gluteus medium/maximus, gamelli, etc), but provide immediate treatment to fix the problem, sometimes permanently.

An ART practitioner certified in Nerve Entrapment will also be able to recognize non-piriformis related entrapment.  Muscles other than the piriformis can also entrap the sciatic nerve.

Get Adjusted!

Lastly, remember that the nervous system is the master controller of your body.  Chiropractic care removes interference in the nervous system, and enhances your posture, muscle coordination and healing

Laser Therapy

We offer class 4 laser therapy to accelerate the healing process and decrease pain and inflammation.  It is a great addition that gets you back to normal as quickly as possible.

What To Do?

If you are ready to take action, for you or someone you love, schedule an initial visit with our office.  We really look forward to guiding you toward greater health and wellness with chiropractic care.

GaryThe A.R.T. of Making Piriformis Syndrome Less of a Pain In The Butt.
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Have a Plantar Fasciitis Crisis?

You get out of bed and your feet are killing you.  You can hardly walk!  As you walk it gets a little better, but your feet are still painful to touch, especially near the heel.  Oh my gosh, you have plantar fasciitis!

Its primary causes is pronation (collapse) of the arches of the foot.  Eighty percent of people pronate, because we wear shoes and walk on hard surfaces, making our feet weak.

What do i do?

Research has indicated, and we have found in our experience, that orthotics are essential if you want to correct the problem long-term!.  Once you start wearing orthotics, it will take a while (several months, at least) for your muscles to strengthen enough for the pain to go away for sure.

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments like Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique and Deep Tissue Laser work really well to create healing. you’ll get great results with anywhere from 6-20 super awesome visits to our office.

Call us for a free consultation, or schedule now.

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Sidelined by Shin Splints? Do This!

You start to run and your shins kill, but it stops after a bit more running. You have shin splints!

A combination of over-use and misalignment at the ankles (and even the hips) causes muscles called the tibialis posterior, and tibias anterior to scar, then stick to the bone, creating painful friction. When you run for a little bit, the friction decreases, and so does the pain. In what seems like a bit of a sick mind game, the pain comes back a little while after you stop running. Before you know it, you can hardly walk without your legs throbbing.

What do I do?

80% of people have what is called pronation, a misalignment of the foot and ankle that can lead to shin splints.  If you wear shoes and walk on hard ground, you probably pronate. Shoes make our foot muscles weak, and hard ground is, well, hard.  When this happens, your ankles change angles,  and you bang, you get shin splints when you run.

We can do a computerized gait analysis for you for $20 (it is free if you buy orthotics, or if I make it part of your program). In some cases I will even take you outside and watch you run to check your form.

If you pronate, orthotics will be essential if you want to correct the ankle misalignment long term. Once you start wearing them, it will take several months (at least) for the orthotics to create enough strength and coordination in your body for the pain to go away.

Chiropractic adjustments (to the spine and the ankle) and treatments like Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, and Deep Tissue Laser work really well to create healing.  This improves the speed of healing significantly.

You’ll get great results with anywhere from 6-20 super awesome visits in our office.

Call us for a free consultation or schedule now.

Dr. Gary Barone, Chiropractor.

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Can music boost your running performance?

The Vancouver Rock and Roll Half Marathon is coming up this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited by such a cool event. Did you know about the special relationship between music and running?

There is much research that supports the performance-boosting properties of music. Music can increase your motivation and your mood, two factors that play a huge part in increasing your running performance.

Some people also find that listening to music while running helps them keep a steady cadence. According to a study published by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, runners can synchronize their steps to the beat with the right tempo of music. Songs that have a more prominent beat can help with this.

A study by Judy Edworthy and Hannah Waring found that runners who listen louder and faster music will take on faster running tempos. Compared to no-music condition, participants listening to fast and loud music ran harder for the same amount of perceived exertion. This means that though both groups thought they were running hard, those who were listening to music ran faster.

Many running races, including the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, take advantage of these benefits by having live bands perform throughout the race course. A pumped up atmosphere puts you in the right mindset to set a new personal best!

So keep your headphones out, and good luck this weekend!

What else can I do to improve my performance?

  • Having a proper warm-up and cool-down routine with stretching is key for injury prevention.
  • Wear proper footwear, and replace your shoes when they are worn down.
  • Cross-train and do other types of physical activity (such as tennis) to prevent muscle overuse injuries.

Many runners also find chiropractic to be an asset to their performance. Running on hard surfaces can create imbalances in the body caused by the forceful impacts. Chiropractic care can help with range of motion, injury prevention, and injury recovery by identifying those imbalances and keeping your body in proper alignment. Your chiropractor can also assist with fitting customized orthotics when necessary to improve your biomechanical function. Regular chiropractic care can help minimize the time you spend in recovery, and increase the time you spend doing the things you love.

By Courtney Chan, Chiropractic Assistant

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Pelvic Adjustment Causes Increase in Jump Height

Study exhibits exciting results:

A study entitled “The Influence of Pelvic Adjustment on Vertical Jump Height in Female University Students with Functional Leg-Length Inequality”  aimed to investigate the effect of pelvic adjustment on vertical jump height (VJH) in female university students with functional leg length inequality (FLLI). as published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.

Thirty female university students with FLLI were divided into a pelvic adjustment group (15 people) and a stretching (control) group (15 people). VJH was measured using an OptoGait.  After the intervention, jump height improved significantly compared with the pre-intervention height only in the pelvic adjustment group, while FLLI showed statistically significant improvement in both groups.

This means that although stretching improved alignment of the postural muscles in the pelvis, it did not improve performance.

The pelvis, a structure located between the hip joint and the lumbosacral spine and attached to several muscles, regulates the movement of the hip joint and lumbosacral spine. The position of the pelvis is the most critical factor determining the sagittal alignment and posture of the human body. Only when the pelvis is in the neutral position can be in the right posture, move the upper and lower body in the dynamic posture, and improve daily movements and ambulatory ability.

Vertical jumping is practiced to enhance the muscular strength and endurance of the leg and serves as a barometer of muscular strength.  In the pre- and post-intervention comparison, VJH improved significantly only in the adjustment group, while FLLI improved significantly in both the adjustment group and the stretching group.  When comparing the pre-intervention data, post-intervention data, and changes between the pre- and post-intervention data, VJH showed statistical significance only for the changes between the pre-and post-intervention data, while FLLI showed statistical significance for post-intervention data and changes between the pre- and post-intervention data

The results suggest that chiropractic care, specifically pelvic subluxation reduction, might be responsible an increase in vertical jump height.  This is one more addition to the many examples of how chiropractic can improve sport performance.

Subluxations are manifestations of stress that creates interruption in the nervous system.  The result is poorer coordination, misalignment, and tight or weak musculature.  Chiropractic to remove subluxations is an excellent way to improve performance and overall health.

GaryPelvic Adjustment Causes Increase in Jump Height
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