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.
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
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.