Nobody likes a figurative pain in the butt. But, as anyone who’s suffered from piriformis syndrome is aware, literal pain-in-the-butt is no picnic either.
Piriformis syndrome is a muscle-related strain on the main nerve that runs down your legs. It’s a stabilizing muscle that runs from the tailbone to the hip, and it’s not one that most people think to stretch or exercise. Piriformis syndrome is a common cause for waist-down pain or discomfort.
What Causes Piriformis Syndrome?
Within the hip, the sciatic nerve runs along, and occasionally through, the piriformis.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. This nerve runs from the base of your spine all the way to your heels, and any irritation along its length, either within the spine or to the nerve itself, can cause pain or numbness that originates from the posterior, often running all the way down the leg.
If the piriformis muscle is tight, weak, over-strained and painful, it is commonly from low back or pelvic dysfunction which will cause irritation and inflammation to the sciatic nerve. This can present in a number of ways, including aching in the posterior (pain-in-the-butt), numbness, or shooting pain down the leg.
Are There Home Treatments?
In addition to chiropractic treatment, you can help improve the health of your piriformis muscle by stretching.
This video by American sports chiropractor Nick Campos shows you some stretches that can be done to loosen the piriformis muscle, as well as a few tips to help relieve piriformis-related pain and strain.
Can Chiropractic Treatment at a Toronto Wellness Centre Help?
Absolutely! As with any other muscle, piriformis is controlled by nerves that go through the spine. Treating subluxations that are distressing the piriformis muscle can, in turn, relieve sciatic-related pain. We also assess the need for other treatments, such as determining whether orthotics are necessary to relieve foot dysfunction, and determining whether stretching and strengthening exercises will help to work out the pelvic muscles. In addition to the correcting adjustments for subluxations, your chiropractor can give you the tools you need to keep your piriformis muscle in good condition!
Do you have a pain in the butt you want treated? Do you want to keep on top of ‘butt health’ to avoid Piriformis Syndrome in the future? Contact us today to get the treatment you need as soon as possible.