… 3 Top Causes & 5 Solutions for (Literal) Pains in the Butt
Buttocks pain is incredibly common, despite being far less talked about than back pain and other types of pain. When you have pain in your buttocks region, it can make simple activities like walking and even sitting nearly unbearable.
Buttocks pain is often associated with other types of pain, like hip pain, lower back pain, and groin pain, and it can even lead you to have stiffness or limited movement in your back and hips. Needless to say, it’s a difficult condition to live with … and one you don’t have to because safe and long-lasting solutions abound.
But first … many of the top causes of buttocks pain are caused not by injury or disease, but rather by the day-to-day stresses you put on your body through normal living.
3 Top Causes of Buttocks Pain
1. Sciatica: Pain that radiates from your lower back, through your buttocks and down the back of your leg may be due to sciatica, which is pain the runs down your sciatic nerve. Sciatica typically results from an underlying condition such as a herniated disc in your back (see below …)
2. Herniated Discs: One out of three people have a herniated disc, which occurs when your discs – the “shock absorbers” of your spine – become damaged, bulge or break open. This can lead to severe sharp, shooting pain that travels down the back of your leg, numbness and tingling in your legs, burning pack pain, buttocks pain and even leg weakness.
Injuries or a sudden awkward movement (like lifting a heavy object) can cause a herniated disc. But more often they are caused by repetitive strains that occur slowly over a lifetime. Sitting or standing with poor posture, inactivity, hunching over your computer for long hours, all of these can lead to varying degrees of muscle imbalances, where one muscle is used more often (and therefore grows stronger) than an opposing muscle (which becomes weakened).
This, in turn, leads to postural dysfunctions, in which your bones remain in an abnormal position, leading to uneven and excessive compression and torsion that causes discs to bulge or herniate.
3. Piriformis Syndrome: In the center of your buttocks is a little-known muscle called the piriformis muscle, which is instrumental to walking, bicycling, running and many other movements. When your piriformis becomes overworked, however, it becomes painfully tight while stretching nearby muscles. This leads to a deep pain in your buttocks, hip or down your legs.
Surprisingly, perhaps the most common activity leading to piriformis syndrome isn’t really an “activity” at all: sitting. Just holding your body erect in a seat with your hips flexed (knees bent, feet on the floor) requires your piriformis muscle to contract to help maintain that position. And sitting on a wallet can quickly make matters even worse. Unless you take care to properly stretch and strengthen other muscles by lateral (sideways) movements of your legs, you soon create a muscle imbalance where the piriformis muscle becomes short and tight, a very common cause of buttocks pain.
5 Top Solutions to Get Rid of Buttocks Pain
If buttocks pain has been an ongoing pain in your butt (pun intended!), what are you waiting for? Set yourself free from the pain now, and for good, using these tried-and-true (and all natural) solutions.
5. Use Inversion Therapy
With inversion therapy, you increase the space between your vertebrae, relaxing the pressure on your discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Increasing intra-vertebral space means reducing pressure on the nerve roots, which means less back and buttocks pain and less likelihood of nerve root damage. When you oscillate up and down on an inversion table, it creates a pumping action for the fluids around your spinal discs. This forces waste out and draws in fluid around your discs, helping to realign your spine when used in the long term.
4. Use a Truly Natural Pain Relief Cream
Options like our Rub On Relief® use White Willow Bark and other natural ingredients for sustained pain relief – without the potential danger of methyl salicylate. This is a broad-spectrum homeopathic pain cream that was formulated to address many of the foundational reasons why you are in pain. Rub on Relief contains a synergistic blend of homeopathic ingredients, each carefully selected to address pain and inflammation from a slightly differently angle. It offers pain relief, and more, naturally, without questionable ingredients of any kind.
3. Relieve Pain with Far Infrared Heat
A far infrared heating pad penetrates deeper than skin level, reaching the tissues and muscle underneath. This not only gives you relief from buttocks pain caused by sciatica or herniated discs, it actually improves circulation to the area to fight inflammation and promote healing by bringing in needed nutrients.
2. Try Proteolytic Enzymes
When you have pain like buttocks pain, your body sends prostaglandins in to cause pain and inflammation. This signals your body to take it easy and provides a mechanism for healing to take place. But your body also needs proteolytic enzymes to shut down the inflammation process and clean up excess fibrin, or internal scar tissue, created during the healing process.
Our Heal-n-Soothe® includes not only 12 of nature’s most powerful natural anti-inflammatories, but also a healthy dose of proteolytic enzymes — the first line of defense your body has against pain but stops manufacturing much of after your late 20’s. (The formula is so effective that we guarantee it’ll stop your pain — or we’ll buy it back.)
1. Correct Muscle Imbalances
As mentioned, poor posture, sitting for long periods, awkward heavy lifting and activities like bicycling or jogging can lead to postural dysfunctions and muscle imbalances that cause you buttocks pain.
Identifying your postural dysfunctions, so you can reverse your muscle imbalances to prevent further and ongoing damage, is therefore essential to both buttocks pain relief and healing. With the Lose the Back Pain® System, you’ll go through a series of self assessments designed to help you pinpoint which postural dysfunctions you have, then you’ll discover a customized series of corrective exercises, stretches, and self-treatments that are unique to your condition.
While you’re at it, be sure to read The 7-Day Back Pain Cure, which reveals the hidden causes of back pain (which often mirror those of buttocks pain) along with lifestyle changes you can make today and watch your pain disappear just days later. (You can even pick up a copy now for FREE !)
If these solutions sound at all intriguing to you, do not hesitate a moment longer. You’ve struggled with buttocks pain for long enough, and you deserve to live your life pain-free from here on out.
Dr. Robert Thompson:”After I Read It, I Was Very Thankful”
Written By: Updated: September 12,2012