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How to Heal Piriformis syndrome When You’ve Tried EVERYTHING else.

I put a list of unconventional treatments to piriformis syndrome, sciatica and disc herniation that you may have not tried before to heal the pain. Check them out now and let's heal this pain the butt for good.

This is Part 2 of my first post: How to heal from piriformis syndrome as quickly as possible.

Here’s the video that I made for that first post. Watch it first, then continue to read Part 2!

How to Heal From Piriformis Syndrome if You’ve Tried Everything Under the Sun.

This post is meant to supplement the first one – not replace it.  So by just following the steps I shared there, you should have a pretty solid idea on how to fix piriformis syndrome and hip pain for good. It requires some time and effort but it should get solved fast.

 

Now I want to mention that I COMPLETELY understand your frustrations. I’ve suffered from this nagging piriformis pain for 5 long (and painful) years. I spent all my early 20s in pain…and I missed out on so many things because of that. And I have literally tried it all. There was not one thing I heard or read about that could help me that I didn’t try.

 

This was why I created this whole blog post in the first place. It was out of frustration for not finding a trusted source (who’ve been where I’ve been) who can lead me and guide me in the right direction.

 

So I want to share with you some additional ways you can explore – that have helped me personally at some point in my healing journey. I’ve tried these methods because I was so sick and tired of all these generic treatments (where they see you for 20 minutes, give you a couple of stretches that you could have easily found online, charge you $100 bucks and send you home).

Right now I’m assuming you’ve tried the following treatments or modalities:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • heat/cold therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Sitting on a ball
  • Sitting on a kneeling chair
  • Standing desk
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Stretching 10 times a day
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Injections (I actually haven’t done this because I refused to)
  • Medication

It’s so sad really what we have to go through. I’m sure I forgot something there but that’s the list of things I’ve tried myself.

How To Heal Piriformis syndrome – New Treatments and Methods

 

Dry Needling

Dry needling is different from acupuncture. They’re very similar. Acupuncture needles usually remain in place for about 20-40 minutes (depending on the session) and it’s meant to restore proper energy flow in the body.

Dry needling is more meant to treat musculoskeletal pain. It’s not focused on balancing the energy flow (so if you’re more focused on that benefit, then acupuncture is best for you).

I’ve personally tried both and I got faster relief from glute pain and sacroiliac joint pain using dry needling.

Again…these things won’t fix the root cause of the pain. You still have to investigate the root cause and the pain triggers so you can avoid getting pain in the first place.

Swimming

Movement is key when you’re trying to heal a disc or joint problem. Because the discs and joints get nutrients and oxygen through movement. Without movement, the disc cells starve and regeneration becomes difficult.

Another benefit of swimming is that it promotes the integration of the full body without isolation. You’re exercising your whole body and getting a great low impact workout without loading your spine.

Study Neuroplasticity.

I know that most people don’t want to spend the time or the energy to study or research and just want something they can pay to get their pain under control.

But I’m still going to include this here because without understanding neuroplasticity and learning about how to rewire my brain to heal faster, I would still be in pain.

It has been scientifically proven that when we injure a part of our body or have recurring pain in an area of our body the brain will be focused on it most of the time, and new neural pathways will be built to strengthen that feeling.

This process is referred to as “neuroplasticity”. This is an excerpt from an article from Spine University website I will link to the full article in the Resources section below:

 …Where neuroplasticity comes in is when acute pain develops into chronic pain. Your body reacts to acute pain as it warns you that something is wrong. Usually, once the acute pain has been dealt with, either with medications or other treatments, the pain goes away and becomes a distant memory. However, over the course of a few weeks, months, and sometimes even years, your brain’s “wiring” may reorganize itself and tell your body that the chronic pain should be there and will stay there.”

I’m not an expert in neuro-linguistic programming or neurology so here are links to all the books I read on this topic that have transformed my health (and life). You can go as deep as you want in learning about the brain and the mind-body connection.

I generated the list using Amazon so If you can’t see the list of books, it’s probably because you have an ad blocker. The links will lead to Amazon.


 

In addition. I wanna add a great personal technique I’ve used that helped me in this area as well – to start reprogramming my mind to feel pain-free was…

…I tried to focus or meditate on an area of your body that actually felt pain-free.

This will helps your brain break that cycle of just focusing on the painful part. This may be hard to do during a painful moment but when you are stretching or in bed and you aren’t experiencing any spasms, focus on your upper back, or hands or feet or anywhere that is not in pain and try to expand that feeling all over your body.

The Mind-Body Connection

Dr. Sarno was healed his patient from chronic back pain through talk therapy. He was a pain management doctor before discovering the effects of the mind-body connection.

I read all Dr. Sarno books then Dr. Howard Schubiner Unlearn Your Pain book who also follow Dr. Sarno’s principles.

Dr. Sarno restored my confidence in working out and staying active. He also opened my eyes on how stressed my life was back then…working at a job I hated and how much that affected my wellbeing.

I think there is nothing wrong with learning about different ways to help ourselves get better. I also think that stress plays a huge role in our physical illnesses and we need to address all sides of the issue to rule out any possibilities that may trigger pain.

Some of Doctor Sarno’s books:

The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain
Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

I hope this post has been helpful and you now have some new areas to explore.  Healing is a process. And once you heal your body and understand what created the pain in the first place you’ll become a totally transformed person.

…And maybe you too can start a blog, share your story, and empower others 🙂

Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, affiliate links are used on this page, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from this page or website. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. I only recommend products that I use and love myself 🙂

Resources

http://www.spineuniversity.com/files/Journal_Watch/spineU_neuroplasticity.pdf

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Willette Burback
    December 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the info, after more than a year of pain I think I have piriformus issues. It’s been a very long year with many unsuccessful or temporary fixes. I would caution people about going to a chiropractor, because for me that’s what made my issues worse. But I also found a good chiropractor that has helped me along this journey. My problem was many things, my pelvis had an up slip, but then after that was corrected it would rotate so when a chiro would just adjust when rotated it would cause worse pain. Really good advice you gave in your blog though. Another good book is The Brains Way of Healing, by Dr. Norman Doidge. Best Wishes for good health!

    • Reply
      Coach Sofia
      December 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Willette,

      Thank you for your comment. You know, I 100% agree with you. I think finding the right chiropractor takes time. I went through the same thing with physio. After the adjustment, I feel worse. I felt like they were practicing on me on every treatment. So I discontinued it all together. I used that website rateMDs to finally find a good qualified chiro, and I had to look the reviews to make sure he had a lot of success healing this particular issue because it is one of those mysterious chronic injuries that tends to linger. Up to this day I still feel soreness every now and then I have to be very careful working out. I believe it is something that needs our continual care for sustainable long term healing. Thanks a lot for the book recommendation, I will certainly check it out 🙂

  • Reply
    Aaron O Donnell
    December 11, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Hi Sofia

    I 24 and suffering from piriformis syndrome for about 6 months now . I believe the root of my problem was because i was training Jiu Jitsu which is a very tough sport on the joints and muscles. One day i woke up out of bed with a very stiff lower back . After a few days the pain moved to my left buttock and shooting down my leg . I paid a visit to the doctor and he said it was piriformis . I went to some physio sessions and acupuncture therapy which temporarily relieved my pain . And i found the acupuncture most effectictive . I do daily stretching and light mobility exercises to focus on building back up the hip muscles and lower back. But right now is my hamstrings , calves and glutes seem to be getting stiffer each morning only on the left. . And its becoming difficult to bend in the mornings and night when i am more relaxed as i work 8 hours a day moving about . I am sick of taking painkillers and they are making me loose my appetite . Am i over doing it by stretching and exercising each day . Should i rest more ?

    Thanks

  • Reply
    sandra valentine
    December 19, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I have had ps for 6 years. I walk, water walk, yoga. Stretches in morning and night. I’ve been seeing drs this whole time with no relief. Why do I have to keep suffering? I’ve had back surgery. I’ve had injections. I’m at my wits end.

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