Author – Dr. Ryan Curda D.C.
Piriformis syndrome is a painful condition that compresses and irritates the Sciatic Nerve. The pain can radiate from the lower back and buttocks down the leg all the way into the foot. Usually prolonged sitting or driving can be unbearable. Many people believe they must have a herniated disc to cause so much pain along the Sciatic Nerve, but it is actually caused by a chronic tightness in the piriformis muscle. The Sciatic Nerve runs underneath and sometimes through the piriformis muscle. Poor sitting posture, weak muscles in the pelvis, and mis-aligned sacrums, can all lead to or contribute to this condition.
So what is the best way to treat this? Stretch the piriformis muscle, adjust and restore proper joint motion to the sacro-iliac joints, and strengthen the muscles that the piriformis has been compensating for, and avoid the activities and habits that have led to this imbalance in the first place. Easy right? Now how do you do that; well first you’ll want to avoid sitting with your leg or legs externally rotated, second you’ll need to stretch the piriformis muscle (I prefer to prescribe a supine stretch laying on your back), third you’ll need to begin to strengthen your lateral hip stabilizers primarily the gluteus med., and finally you will need to find a Chiropractor in your area to adjust your pelvis and sacrum to restore the proper balance and motion that has been lost. This protocol implemented with the guidance of a professional results in a resolution of pain, restoration of movement and stability, and return to enjoying your life.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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