Chiropractic Treatments for Dealing with Piriformis Syndrome
The piriformis is a muscle located in the buttocks. You’ve probably never heard about it before, but that doesn’t make it any less important to your physiology. In fact, if you suffer from piriformis syndrome, you’ll come to realize just how important this muscle is. Tightness in this region manifests in a variety of chronic pain symptoms, including tenderness and numbness in the legs, hips, and buttocks.
The piriformis muscle isn’t one that can be easily stretched or worked out, making it hard to overcome discomfort. One of the only effective ways to treat this condition is through chiropractic care. At Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA, we can help you cope with piriformis syndrome, to help you get your pain and discomfort under control.
The roots of piriformis syndrome
Strain on the piriformis muscle can have wide-ranging effects, due in part to irritation and inflammation of key nerve endings near the tailbone. The sciatic nerve, running from the hip all the way down the leg, is almost always invariably affected by piriformis tightness.
So how does this simple, little, tucked-away muscle get to be so problematic? Causes of this affliction include:
- Prolonged periods of sitting, such as working a desk job or driving too much;
- Sports injuries that are left untreated;
- Slip and fall accidents resulting in lower body injuries;
- Spontaneous spasm and injury.
A common issue plaguing the piriformis is that once it has been injured, it’s very prone to re-injury. Even if your tightness or pain subsides, it’s likely to come back again with simple re-aggravation. And it’s often worse the longer it sticks around.
Managing the muscle and the condition
Strengthening key muscle groups through light aerobic exercise and better nutrition is the best approach to combating problems with the piriformis. With the right conditioning habits, it’s possible to lessen the likelihood of piriformis syndrome flair-ups. In conjunction, chiropractic treatment resets vertebrae and focuses on enhancing nervous system health, specifically to the sciatic nerve and others running along the tailbone.
Not just any exercise and diet regimen will do, though. It’s important to work with a medical professional when diagnosing and treating piriformis syndrome. Chiropractic is especially useful, since a practitioner will make recommendations for lifestyle changes that not only account for piriformis syndrome, but frame the condition against overall spinal wellness.
One place to not turn for relief is pain medications, even though they’re often prescribed by general practitioners for muscle aches. These only provide, at best, short-term relief. Chiropractors utilize a holistic system that focuses on achieving homeostasis in a natural way, without the side effects associated with medications.
Stop pain in the piriformis
If you’re experiencing persistent pain in the buttocks or tailbone and think you might be suffering from piriformis syndrome, it’s time to consult a chiropractor. The experienced team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO is ready to deploy a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program to help you address your chronic pain, based on a thorough diagnosis of your condition. If you do have piriformis syndrome, we’re ready to deliver targeted adjustments and advice to help you overcome it.
Schedule a free consultation with us today and make the choice to do something about the pain in your backside!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.