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Piriformis Syndrome
The Piriformis is a muscle on the back of the leg underneath the buttock region. It connects the tailbone to the hip bone underneath the gluteal muscles. When it contracts it extends and rotates the leg and foot (think of pushing a heavy box or pressing on your brake pedal).

Since it is a deeper layer of muscle, it is also closely related to the blood vessels and nerves in the buttock and leg. The large sciatic nerve runs under or sometimes through the piriformis muscle as it travels down the back of the leg. Thus, the tension of the muscle can directly impact the nerve itself.

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This condition occurs when the piriformis muscle spasms and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This irritation of the nerve can result in pain, numbness and/or tingling down the buttock and leg.

A good description clinically can point your chiropractor towards an accurate diagnosis of piriformis syndrome. Assessing the location of pain and certain tests can also aid this process. For instance, if contacting the muscle causes the symptoms to worsen, this may be evidence of its involvement. It is also very helpful to evaluate the lower spine for misalignment and/or dysfunction. Could the structural distortion be causing the muscle problem?

Treatment
Depending on the results of these tests, chiropractic treatment of piriformis syndrome may include stretching of the involved muscles combined with adjusting dysfunctional joints in the hips and pelvis. Imagine if the tailbone that connects to the piriformis is shifted to the side. Now there is abnormal tension of one of the piriformis muscles which could lead to piriformis syndrome. Part of the solution could be stretching, but in this case, correcting the misalignment of the sacrum (tailbone) will bring longer lasting relief. Restoring balance to the spine and pelvis is crucial to support the proper alignment and balance to the piriformis as well as the rest of the body.

Deeper myofascial work including massage can be beneficial as well. Active release therapy involves compressing the muscle tissue while actively moving the muscle underneath the doctor’s contact. This can be helpful in piriformis syndrome when the muscles is overly tight and spasmed. Other stretches can be helpful and many can be performed at home on a regular basis to give relief while recovering from this painful condition.

Nutritional deficiencies should also be addressed especially if any inflammation is present. Calcium, magnesium and omega 3 supplements may be helpful in these cases. Hydration should also not be overlooked. Tissues are less responsive or adaptable when dehydrated and could be more likely to spasm or become inflamed.


*EXERCISE DOWNLOAD–>http://lifestylechirocenter.com/piriformis-syndrome/ *Exercise/stretching disclaimer – Any stretches or exercises shown are for demonstration and may not be right for every individual. Consultation with a chiropractor or doctor is recommended before beginning any exercise program.


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Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition in which there is compression of the nerves, arteries, or veins in the passageway from the lower neck to the armpit. The most common type of presentation is pain, weakness, and occasionally loss of muscle at the base of the thumb.

The Pectoralis Minor muscle can become shortened and tight due to postural stress. Because of its close proximity to the nerves and blood vessels of your arm, this may cause TOS.

In this case, correcting the posture is crucial! Stretching including Active Release Therapy (ART) is helpful to release adhesions in the muscle fascia. Chiropractic adjustments to dysfunctional joints in the shoulder, neck and upper back restore range of motion and release the stored postural tension.

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"Researchers found that the people in the study who had more activity in an area of the brain that regulates the body's response to stress and fear, called the amygdala, were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those with less activity in the amygdala, according to the study."
#stress #chiropracticlifestyle

http://www.livescience.com/57473-stress-brain-heart-disease-stroke.html
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It’s that time of year again when we break out our shovels and attack our driveways and sidewalks. Freshly fallen snow is beautiful but brings with it a fair amount of work. To be sure, shoveling is one of those necessary evils – but it also comes with various risks. Few recognize the potential dangers associated with this common task. Following are 3 commonly overlooked dangers and how to avoid them.

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It’s frustrating having to sit in traffic with no signs of relief ahead. Now imagine what happens when nerve signals hit a subluxation snag in your information spine-way.

Trillions of nerve impulses speed through your nerve system every second of your life. Some carry instructions for your heart… others, signals for the immune system and others messages that direct the healing process. Whatever the case, your LIFE depends on ALL of these signals traveling smoothly from your brain to your body with no interference. #Subluxations create road blocks in your spinal cord that interfere with the normal traffic flow of nerve impulses. That’s a bad thing...

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For the majority of us who work in office and at desk jobs, we spend a great deal of time sitting down. While sitting for most of the day seems pretty low risk compared to other occupational hazards, sitting in the same position all the time can stress the structures of the spine, and may result in injuries to the back, neck and even the wrist.

#chiropractic #ergonomics   #posture  
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No one would entertain the thought of walking around with just one shoe on. Not only would it look funny, but it would be really bad for your feet, knees, hips, back and even your neck. Unfortunately, many people have been doing this very thing for years without knowing it!

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Mendota Heights Chiropractor Shares What Helps You Heal Better
Dr. Joel, a Mendota Heights chiropractor at Lifestyle Chiropractic shares what makes you heal better. "Chiropractic is not designed to make you instantly feel better, #chiropractic is designed to make you instantly heal better." That refers to the underlying philosophy of chiropractic - your body's functions including its ability to heal are governed by your nervous system. When a #chiropractor removes stress on the spine it allows the body to more easily heal. Chiropractors do this by the chiropractic adjustment which removes spinal stress, or #subluxation.

#LifestyleChiropractic  +Lifestyle Chiropractic  #MendotaHeightsChiropractor  
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