Pain in the Butt?

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • pain, tingling or numbness in the back of the leg, calf or sole of the foot?
  • loss of proprioception or strength in your lower leg?
  • pain in the buttocks, low back, hips, or back of leg?
  • your hips / sacroiliac joints are locked up or want to lock?
  • pain when going from a seated to standing position?
  • tissue changes in the skin of your legs or swelling in your lower leg?

If so, you may be experiencing Piriformis Syndrome. In a nutshell, Piriformis Syndrome is a compression of the Sciatic Nerve by the pirifomis muscle. The piriformis lies deep to the glute muscles and is responsible for restraining rapid / vigorous internal rotation of the hip (ie: during walking and running), helps externally rotate the hip in a neutral position, as well as horizontally abduct and internally rotate the femur with the hip is flexed.

The sciatic nerve travels under the piriformis and travels down the leg. In 10-20% of people the sciatic nerve actually runs through the piriformis. Any tightness in the muscle can result in compression of the nerve, translating into some of the potential symptoms listed above.

Your friendly neighbourhood Registered Massage Therapist can help take that pain out of your butt and get you moving freely again!

Some potential causes include…

  • anomolies in the course of the nerve (ie: piercing through the piriformis)
  • direct and indirect trauma to the muscle (ie: fall on the buttocks, catching oneself from a fall)
  • inflammation of the muscle, its fascia or the joint  (ie: hip arthritis, post-hip replacement swelling)
  • overuse (ie: repeated bending / squatting, forceful rotation of the hip, jogging / step machines, weight lifting)
  • postural / positional concerns (ie: prolonged sitting, pregnancy, fallen arches / ankles, sleeping position)
  • trigger points (see post from January 21st)

A happy heart

February is National Heart Health Month.

Research suggests and proves that taking care of your heart will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and ailments including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Massage therapy is just one avenue to keeping your heart healthy and happy. Click HERE to read how.

2016.. On the right foot

Well, it is that time of year again.. time to usher out the old and welcome a new year… Have you decided on your 2016 New Year’s Resolution?
Maybe you want to get into an exercise routine or revamp an existing program? Maybe you vow to take more time for yourself? Maybe you want to find ways to reduce your stress / anxiety level? Maybe you need relief from chronic pain or health issues?
Massage therapy can help you keep on track with these resolutions and more by easing sore muscles, reducing the chance of injury, help you get back to your program after injury, help you relax and unwind, address health concerns, or simply be a way to set time aside for ‘you’.
Call 830.6600 or book online at to get your goals and year started on the right foot!
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