Piriformis syndrome (sciatic like symptoms) and what Chiropractic care can do. 

Piriformis syndrome is very common (more than 3 million cases per year) and it can be very debilitating. It is more common in long distance runners and sports players because they use the muscle involved more. That’s not saying it can’t happen to anyone though. Chiropractic NOW has successfully treated many patients with piriformis syndrome and today we are going to talk about piriformis syndrome and how you may be able to be helped with a visit to Chiropractic NOW. 

What are symptoms of piriformis syndrome? 

Piriformis syndrome is a Neuromuscular disorder. Neuromuscular broken down is Neuro means nerve and muscular means muscle. The symptoms include tingling (feeling that your leg is falling asleep), pins and needles in buttock area, dull ache or pain to the point of not being able to walk. The pain usually starts in the low back and can go down into one leg. It gets worse with sitting, running or direct trauma. 

What causes piriformis syndrome? 

Piriformis syndrome is an irritation of your sciatic nerve due to an irritated, tight and overused piriformis muscle. Your sciatic nerve runs from your low back all the way down to your feet. It runs right through a tight space past piriformis muscle. When the piriformis muscle is irritated it spasms and shortens and our sciatic nerve becomes an unfortunate target.

How does Chiropractic NOW treat Piriformis syndrome? 

Piriformis syndrome mimics sciatica so a comprehensive evaluation is needed. People may have sciatica and piriformis syndrome combined. Treatment involves stretches, deep tissue muscle work by hand or with a Theragun, nerve flossing and adjustments. 

Stretching to increase the length of the piriformis muscle is very important as it gives more space for the Sciatic nerve. There are many stretches available but the one patients find most effective is the seated piriformis stretch. This can be done by: 

1. Sitting in a chair and placing your ankle of the affected side on the opposite knee.  

2. Sit up straight shoulders back head level. 

3. Maintain the straight posture and ankle on knee and lean forward. 

4. Hold that position for 10 seconds and REMEMBER TO BREATH. 

5. Relax back to neutral position 

6. Repeat steps 1-5 10 times. 

Try to do this at least once a day many patients do it in the morning and night or when they feel the symptoms. It is a quick and fairly easy stretch to do and helps loosen up the piriformis muscle. 

Deep tissue work may be needed because scar tissue or adhesions may be present and it is important to break these up. It may hurt during the treatment and you may be sore after but it triggers your body to heal the affected area. 

Nerve flossing is a way to allow the sciatic nerve to move slightly better thus reducing symptoms. Chiropractic NOW will go through how and when to do this. 

Adjusting the body is extremely important. If you have a compromised spine this may block or slow signals from your brain to every single part of your body that can cause many different symptoms. That is a whole different conversation that will be talked about in our next article. So stay tuned. Or reach out to Chiropractic NOW at 608-845-5565 and schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Jared about what you or a loved one may be suffering from. 

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