Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the sciatic nerve resting around the hip joint is either compressed by the piriformis muscle (located around the buttocks) or otherwise irritated. When enough force is pressed against the sciatic nerve, it may cause a wide variety of symptoms, some of which include sharp pain, tingling sensation, and the feeling of being asleep. But like most instances of compressed nerves, it’s not permanent and typically be treated through physical therapy. To learn more about piriformis syndrome and how a professional chiropractor can release tension placed on the sciatic nerve, keep reading.
For a better understanding of piriformis syndrome, you must first look at how the hip joint operates. The piriformis is a long muscle that stretches across the hip joint behind the buttocks. It’s responsible for maintaining stability when we walk, jog, run, or even lift our legs. Without the piriformis muscle, we simply wouldn’t be able to keep our balance while standing. If you look closely at the piriformis muscle, you’ll notice a large, thick nerve running through it – known as the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs all the way from the piriformis muscle in the hip down through the leg.
Since the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve remain side-by-side, it’s not uncommon for the nerve to compress. The single most common cause of piriformis syndrome is overuse of the buttocks’ muscles. Athletes are bodybuilders are prone to developing this condition due to the fact that they are constantly working out. Performing your ‘max’ limit of lunges and squats each and every day will only increase your risk of developing piriformis syndrome.
Working out the hip and buttocks’ muscles can help protect your body against piriformis syndrome, but you must allow yourself ample time to heal and recover. If you’re performing strength training exercises, rest for at least 48 hours before picking up the weights again. This will ensure your muscles are repaired and ready to tackle anything you have to throw their way.
Sitting for extended lengths of time is known to contribute to piriformis syndrome. If you work eight or more hours sitting in front of a computer or desk, try to get into the habit of taking a break once in a while. Perhaps you could stand up and move around for a couple minutes every hour. Doing this alone will offer a great deal of protection against piriformis syndrome and other related hip conditions.
Another common cause of piriformis syndrome is muscle spasm. As the name suggests, a spasm is an involuntary muscle contraction. When the piriformis muscle spasms, it could place enough compression against the sciatic nerve to cause this condition. Compression of the sciatic nerve caused by a muscle spasm typically goes away once the spasm episode is over.
A professional chiropractor may offer some relief of piriformis syndrome through manipulations, adjustments, light massage, and other physical therapy. Their ultimate goal is to release compression on the sciatic nerve. Once the compression is released, the piriformis syndrome should subside. A light lower back massage combined with hot/cold compress oftentimes yields noticeable results.
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