Treat Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome Naturally at our Dallas Acupuncture Clinic
If you live in Dallas and struggle with sciatica or piriformis syndrome, acupuncture could help. Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome can have very similar symptoms and are easily confused by many patients. They may both involve tingling, numbness and pain throughout the back of the thigh and legs, but are caused by two different problems. True sciatica is a result of an impingement of the sciatic nerve at the site of the disc. This is a structural issue and may be due to a herniated disc or spinal degeneration. Acupuncture can help to reduce inflammation around the disc and restore proper function of the nerve.
Piriformis syndrome is caused by tight muscles around the back of your hip and butt area that are affecting the nerves. This is extremely common among patients who sit at a desk for many hours a day or travel often. In my Dallas acupuncture clinic, I often see patients that are convinced that their pain is due to a disc problem, only to find through treatment that it is a merely muscular in nature. It is also quite common for a single injury to have a domino effect in creating widespread pain simply due to increased inactivity during recovery. Through modifying body movements to compensate for pain and spending many hours lying in bed, surrounding muscles begin to tighten and create dysfunction. Acupuncture is extremely effective at loosening up those tight muscles and restoring proper function to the area.
Lifestyle Modifications to Help Piriformis Syndrome
- Do not sit on a very soft couch or recliner: it provides too little support and may cause the hips to shift further out of alignment
- If sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees
- Always gently stretch your hips after exercise
- Purchase a foam roller or large PVC pipe to roll out the front and sides of your thighs
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