Do you have sciatica that seems like it will never go away? I know how it feels when you start to get that dull pain creeping in. Sometimes it seems like there just isn’t a way to be completely free from sciatica.
A lot of people don’t realize this, but subtle habits that they have acquired can really add up and be responsible for the pain of sciatica or piriformis syndrome. Well, here are a few common mistakes and bad habits that people make that can actually lead to sciatica or piriformis syndrome.
First, take out your wallet – If you’re a guy, chances are good that you keep your wallet in your back pocket. If you also work at a desk job or in an office, then there’s a good chance that you also spend most of the day sitting – on your wallet.
What many people don’t realize is that doing this over time will actually cause one of your hips to be higher up than the other. Over time, this misalignment can throw other parts of your back and hips out of balance and result in sciatica either from muscular imbalances or a tense muscle.
So, to help you avoid making things worse than they need to be, don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket. Instead, you can keep it on your desk, or if you don’t trust your coworkers (those dirty thieves!) you can always get in the habit of keeping it in your jacket pocket.
Secondly, stop crossing your legs – Another bad habit that people have, especially those that work in office jobs, is that they cross their legs while they are sitting all day. Maybe they find this comfortable, or maybe it is some kind of nervous twitch where they feel like they need to do something with their legs, I don’t really know.
But doing this over time will stress your external rotator muscles in your pelvis. If you don’t already know, your external rotator is your piriformis muscle, which when over exerted it can cause pain and irritation of your sciatic nerve.
So, in order to take the stress off of your piriformis and your sciatica, try to sit with your feet flat on the floor. This may be difficult at first to break this habit, but your sciatic nerve will thank you.
Third, careful with those backpacks and purses – This one may strike you as a little odd, but carrying a backpack on one shoulder or carrying a heave purse on your shoulder might also be causing your sciatica.
By now, you should see that putting weight on one side can cause a misalignment in your shoulders, but what you may not realize is that this shoulder misalignment can actually affect your lower back and hips causing sciatica.
You see, muscular imbalances can influence more than just the specific region of the body where they occur. Throwing one part of the body out of balance will actually have an effect on other parts of the body as well.
I know it can be difficult to change these habits, but once you start to become more aware of what you’re doing you can break the cycle and start to develop better habits that won’t cause you sciatica pain.