Are you getting any physical therapy, specifically deep tissue massage? Adjustments alone are usually not enough. It took me at least 6 chiro visits supplemented with deep tissue massage before I was better. In between visits, I also stretched as you do. I highly recommend using a foam roller so you can massage the area yourself, as well. Make sure you ice after massaging. I was using a heating pad (which feels terrific) before stretching and massaging. Followed by ice. If you do have a foam roller, Veena has wonderful instructions on proper use. Since we can't exactly lay down all day long, it is very difficult to rest that area so it can take a bit longer to feel better. Hang in there!
I am currently dealing the same issue and it is a long healing process. The piriformis is one of the most stubborn muscles in the body. See a physical therapist, they have done wonders for me. I have had to endure the 'worse before better" in the process, however I am slowly making progress. You can investigate a PT inyour area that may work directly with you and does not need a physician referral- I found a great one that took me as a patient . Another reason for the PT is you may be unaware of ever so slight incorrect body mechanics that can cause you future hip and knee issues. The PT will also give you positions to sleep in, other exercises to help too. I have been taped with the "Kineseo tape" a few times and that can really relieve the sciatica part to allow the other muscles to settle down. For me personally a chiro is not the answer and I have not ever had good results with chiro treatment for any type of injuries, but that is just my body. I also do a little acupuncture treatment every few weeks to settle things down. Patience my friend and baby steps. I had to totally stop all dance, pole and yoga in March and am now slowly getting back into it- it has been tough but I know I will be back dancing again before too long. You will too.
Argh, I had/have this problem really bad in my right hip - it's worse in winter (cold = cramped muslces) and when I sit down and cross-legged for a long time, but it's gotten so much better. I used to have to get a massage every few weeks to get it to not drive me crazy, but this works for me now:
- stretching the hip flexor (deep lunges, foam rolling)
- releasing the hip flexor every second night or so (lying on my stomach with a tennis ball about two inches inside of the hip bone)
- strengthening my glutes (backward leg lifts and holding penchées for ages, side-lying"clam" exercises)
It's a lot of hard work, but I prefer to fix it biomechanically than continue treating the symptoms only... but when the symptoms come, wheat bags are really nice.
I think I may be experiencing this as well, or something like it. My right hip starts hurting a lot, deep in there. My left hip hurts higher up than the right. It all started after I started doing glute strengthening exercises. It is better some days after ai do a lot of stretching, but sitting too much aggrivates it.
I agree 100% with the PT. I have a very similar problem which has started to bother me constantly. I've recently started seeing a PT and she is doing wonders for my back and my butt! Some states need a doctor's prescription to see a PT and some don't. Some will see you out of pocket regardless of whether or not you have a prescription. You can call your nearest friendly PT office to ask. While all PTs do have general training in different conditions, my advice is to look for a therapist who specializes in sports or dance problems as some specialize in strokes and the like. My PT was able to "get" me and my body. I got a full body assessment, deep tissue release, specialized foam roller coaching and specific stretches and exercises to release my poor irritated nerve. It's helping! She also did a lot of education with me on what was going on with my body mechanics and why I ended up with this pain in the first place and what to be conscious of to avoid reinjury. If you have medical insurance, it should be paid for. I have to pay out of pocket to see a chiro or a massage therapist. While I would like to see them too, I think seeing a PT is just as great (if not better) and easier on my wallet. By the time my PT is done with me, I think my broken butt will be as good as new! Hope your butt gets better soon too
I'm going through this right now. About two weeks ago I lifted a bag of dog food and I apparantly lifted it wrong. After a week of not being able to walk sit or stand without pain I decided to go to a chiropractor. My first visit they took xrays and did an adjustment. I felt better after my first adjustment it made the pain bearable. My doctor says that I pinched my sciatic nerve between my L5 and my sacrum. The pain is still there and constant but it's somewhat more managable. I've been to the chiropractor twice the second time I went they did electrode therapy which felt amazing. I never thought to pair a chiropractor with an PT or a massage therapist. I'll ask my doctor about it on my next visit I actually think they have an in office massage therapist. Thanks for the info ladies.