Some of the common symptoms of Piriformis syndrome are, but not limited to:
- Deep, burning pain in the buttocks that increases with walking, climbing stairs, or running.
- Hypersensitivity, numbness or tingling along the back of the thigh, possibly extending to the bottom of the foot.
- Pain in the lower back (Lumbar Spine), and possibly pain that travels to the buttocks and down the leg.
Some great things to do to try and fix the problem on your own include stretching, self-massage, and foam rolling. Here is great YouTube video which discusses how to foam roll the piriformis muscle very accurately.
When you are ready for some professional grade help, we attack the piriformis and all of it’s surrounding / supporting cast to help stop the problem as well as then helping you with corrective exercises to help stop the problem from reoccurring.
- In ART (Active Release Technique) we specifically work the piriformis to help stretch and stop any adhesions between the piriformis and other muscles in the same relevant vicinity. Commonly we also perform Active Release on the Gluteus Medius, Quadratus Femoris, Gluteus Maximus, Erector Spinae, and hamstring muscle groups in an effort to increase mobility of the hip rotators.
- Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy, Moist Heat, and occasionally Ice therapies are also used for the treatment of Piriformis issues, which attaches to the SI Joint (Sacroiliac). Proper motion of the SI Joints can be improved with chiropractic manipulation often times helping to directly relieve tension and spasm around the hip rotators (i.e. muscles in your butt).
- Corrective Exercises can be prescribed for you to do at home once pain and tenderness is decreased. Strengthening the Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Maximus, as well as the other smaller hip rotators deep to the glutes can greatly help STOP piriformis problems from returning in the future.