A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Piriformis Syndrome
I had a question the other day about piriformis syndrome.
Piriformis syndrome is a rare neuromuscular disorder occurring when your piriformis muscle (a narrow muscle located deep in your buttocks) compresses or irritates your sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in your body.
As with sciatica, caused by a herniated or ruptured disc, compression of your sciatic nerve causes pain, frequently described as tingling or numbness, in your buttocks and along the nerve, often extending down your leg.
The pain may worsen if you sit for long periods of time, or by climbing stairs, walking, or running.
Treatment generally begins with stretching and massage.
Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed.
You should probably stop, or at least take a break from, physical activities aggravating the problem.
The prognosis for piriformis syndrome is good.
Once symptoms are addressed, you can usually resume your normal activities.
In some cases, exercise regimens may need to be modified in order to reduce the likelihood of recurrence or worsening symptoms.
To deal with piriformis syndrome it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Eat a high-fiber diet consisting of 50-75% raw foods, including large amounts of fruits and vegetables plus brown rice, lentils, and potatoes.
*For protein, eat beans and legumes, fish, raw nuts and seeds, skinless white turkey or white chicken breast, tofu, and low-fat yogurt.
*Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, canned and packaged foods, carbonated beverages, chocolate, all junk foods, refined and processed foods, salt, sugar, sweets, saturated fats, soft drinks, and white flour from your diet.
*Avoid foods containing artificial colors or preservatives.
*Avoid fried and fatty foods like bacon, cold cuts, gravies, ham, luncheon meats, sausage, and all dairy products except for low-fat soured products.
*Omit wheat and wheat products from your diet.
*Get regular moderate exercise.
*Have a hair analysis to rule out heavy metal poisoning.
*Don’t go without food. Eating frequent small meals daily is better than eating two or three large meals.
*Increase oxygen; deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure (workplace, hobbies, etc.); avoid aluminum-containing items.
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides in foods.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners.
*Research effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); cell phones, computers, wireless devices, etc.
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