Can Clinical Pilates Reduce Your Butt Pain?
This is the fourth blog from our series about Deep Gluteal Syndrome, formerly called Piriformis Syndrome. This blog has Dr. Gord working with Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Specialist, Stephanie Henderson, using Pilates to rebuild his butt strength.
If you missed it, go check out part one, where we described common causes of Deep Gluteal Syndrome (DGS). This is when the sciatic nerve is entrapped as it exits the pelvis and travels through the deep structures of the buttock in the back part of the hip.
Part Two in this series went through how Sacroiliac Joint Sprains, Strains and Dysfunction can contribute to ongoing buttock pain or sciatica. You can watch the video of Dr. Gord getting his SIJ’s assessed and adjusted by his colleague at the clinic, Dr. Batinić.
Part Three in this series went through how to determine whether the Piriformis Muscle is causing Deep Gluteal Syndrome or if it is the victim of a compensation mechanism.
What Is Causing Your Butt Pain?
You learned in our previous blog that the piriformis might be getting over-tasked by compensating for something else that isn’t functioning properly. In this case, Dr. Gord’s Glutes are quite weak so the poor, little Piriformis muscle is having to do the job that the bigger Glutes aren’t doing…and you know what, that never ends well.
As it turns out, Dr. Gord’s, Piriformis Muscle is the victim of his Glutes not pulling their weight. In case you missed it, you can click here to watch how National Spine & Wellness Physiotherapist, Stephanie Henderson, assesses and determines how weak Dr. Gord’s butt actually is.
SPOILER ALERT: He has a pretty weak butt!
Treating Weak Glutes
Now for our recommended fix. Watch how Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Specialist, Stephanie Henderson puts, Dr. Gord through some Clinical Pilates to strengthen his weak Glutes.
SPOILER ALERT: Dr. Gord’s hip movement ain’t pretty!
Dr. Gord strengthens his Glutes on the reformer!
Buttock and Sciatica-type pain can have numerous causes, all grouped under a diagnosis of Deep Gluteal Syndrome (formerly Piriformis Syndrome). The Piriformis muscle has often been blamed as the cause, however, one thing to keep in mind is that this poor, little muscle may be the victim of other bigger muscles not doing their fair share of the work.
Buttock pain is common and needs to be properly assessed and diagnosed to determine a treatment plan. Feel free to reach out directly if you would like help diagnosing your buttock pain or sciatica from our Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates specialist. You can also request an appointment with Stephanie by clicking here.