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What Causes Burning When Sitting? | Chiropractors’ Guide on How to Sit

Do you find yourself feeling a persistent burning sensation when sitting down? If so, don’t worry — you are not alone. It is quite common for patients to experience this type of discomfort and most often it can be attributed to everyday activities like poor posture or lack of movement. However, sometimes a deeper physical issue may be the underlying cause, which is why it’s important to understand the potential medical conditions that could contribute to this kind of burning sensation in your lower body.

In this blog post I will discuss several possible causes— ranging from muscle-related issues such as sciatica and psoas syndrome, to other medical conditions like diabetes or an infection — along with how they need to be treated in order to alleviate any further pain or discomfort.

Common Causes of Burning Sensations When Sitting

Cause Description
Sciatica A condition caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, leading to burning sensation, pain, or tingling down the buttock and leg.
Hemorrhoids Swollen veins in the rectal area, leading to discomfort, itching, and a burning sensation, especially when sitting.
Piriformis Syndrome A neuromuscular disorder where the piriformis muscle in the buttock irritates the sciatic nerve, causing a burning sensation or pain when sitting.
Skin Conditions Conditions like dermatitis, fungal infections, or psoriasis can cause a burning sensation, especially noticeable when sitting due to increased pressure and friction.
Prostatitis In men, inflammation or infection of the prostate gland can lead to a burning sensation or discomfort when sitting.
Pudendal Neuralgia A condition where the pudendal nerve, which supplies sensation to the lower buttocks area, is damaged or irritated, causing a burning sensation especially when sitting.
Coccydynia Medical term for pain in the coccyx or tailbone, usually triggered by sitting.
Pressure Sores Sitting for extended periods can lead to pressure sores or ulcers, especially in individuals with mobility issues.

As a practitioner with over 30 years of practice, and training as an ergonomist and author on sitting, I’m well-equipped to provide valuable insights. My contributions to this field have been well-received, with TV appearances, my Youtube channel, and a successful Kickstarter campaign for my ergonomic seat cushions. If you’re searching for answers, I’m confident that I can offer meaningful guidance.

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The Phantom Burn: What’s Actually Happening?

Imagine you’re settling into your comfy office chair or curling up on the sofa to watch your favorite show, when suddenly you feel like you’ve sat on a bed of chili peppers. Quite a mood-ruiner, huh? Well, here’s what I’ve discovered through my years of clinical experience and probably more spine examinations than Count Dracula could ever dream of.

Often, this burning sensation can be traced back to an underlying issue with spinal alignment or the strength and balance of your core muscles. See, the spine is like the Eiffel Tower of your body – it’s a structure of monumental importance, and it’s quite complex. Just as a slight tilt in the Eiffel Tower would set off alarm bells, any misalignment in your spine can cause discomfort or pain. The same goes for your core, it’s the muscular corset that keeps you upright and stable – a balanced and strong core is crucial.

If you’re struggling with back pain, I wrote an article on how to manage your pain and why you should do these important steps and I encourage you to read it!

When Your Spine Isn’t ‘In Line’

When your spinal alignment is off, it can cause a domino effect on the surrounding nerves and muscles. Picture this: Imagine you’re driving along a beautiful highway and suddenly there’s a blockade. You’ll either have to brake abruptly, causing discomfort, or you’ll swerve to avoid it, straining yourself. In spinal terms, misalignment can cause nerves to become irritated (brake abruptly), or muscles to overcompensate (swerve), often resulting in that spicy burning sensation you’d rather not feel.








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The Core of the Matter

As for your core, think of it as the ever-reliable, hardworking backstage crew at a concert. When it’s strong and balanced, everything on the stage of life runs smoothly. But when it’s weak or unbalanced, you start getting off-key notes, missed cues, and yes, that burning discomfort.

A balanced core provides equal support to your body, alleviating unnecessary stress from any particular part. If the core muscles are weak, it forces your spine and other structures to pick up the slack, leading to overuse and the unwanted feeling of sitting on an invisible furnace.

The Spine and Core: Dynamic Duo

Like Batman and Robin, your spine and core work better together. When your spine is aligned and your core is balanced, it’s like a perfect symphony – each part playing in harmony to support your everyday activities, including sitting.

In my practice, I’ve found that many of my patients have reported less burning pain when they’ve addressed their spinal alignment and core strength issues. So, if you’re experiencing this discomfort, it could be a sign that it’s time to pay attention to these two crucial aspects of your body.

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What Can I Do About It?

Now for the golden question – what can you do about this unwelcome hot seat scenario? Well, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. A few changes can make a world of difference:

  • Mindful Posture: Keep an eye on your sitting habits. Try to maintain a natural spinal curve when sitting. If you’re hunching over a screen or slouching, your spine and core are already sending you an RSVP to the burning pain party
  • Core Strengthening Exercises: Remember that reliable backstage crew we talked about? It’s time to show them some love. Regularly incorporating core strengthening exercises such as planks, bridges, and abdominal crunches can help fortify this crucial muscle group.
  • Regular Breaks: If your job involves long hours of sitting, ensure you take regular breaks. A simple walk, a good stretch, or even a quick dance to your favorite tune (I’m a fan of the Macarena myself) can do wonders for your spine and core.
  • Regular Check-ups: This cannot be stressed enough. Regular visits to your friendly neighborhood chiropractor (like me!) can help identify any underlying issues with spinal alignment and core strength. A stitch in time really does save nine – or in this case, prevents that pesky burning sensation.
  • Ergonomic Support: Invest in an ergonomic seat cushion that provides ample support to your lower back. To optimally handle your seating requirements, it’s crucial to pay attention to several aspects, with chair customization being a primary component. Various techniques can be employed for this, like integrating an ergonomic pillow and lumbar support. These enhancements can reduce stress on your back and legs, boosting comfort and posture during prolonged sitting sessions. Moreover, confirm that your feet are planted firmly on the floor and that there’s enough space between your chair and workstation. By observing these suggestions, any basic rigid chair can be transformed into an ergonomic haven that fosters ongoing health and welfare. I explain the concept of my ergonomic design on a TV show HERE

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A practical ergonomic seat wedge (above) can be implemented to correctly position your spine and promote balance. This exceptional natural latex seating cushion assists in developing core muscles while alleviating tension in other areas, such as the neck and shoulders. Furthermore, maintaining a straight posture is less taxing on your hips and knees, as it engages more muscle groups concurrently compared to leaning back against something cushioned. This vertical posture averts the development of strain-causing habits that individuals might unknowingly adopt while engrossed in work.

How to Stop Burning Sensation in Body

You know that feeling when you’ve stayed out in the sun for a little too long and your skin feels as if it’s been toasted? Yup, I see you nodding. Well, sometimes our bodies can give us that same fiery signal, and it’s rarely because we’ve forgotten our SPF. From my years as a chiropractor, I can tell you that often it has to do with nerve irritation or muscle tension. The secret sauce to cooling down this fire is proper spinal alignment and a resilient core. So the next time you feel like a freshly roasted marshmallow, remember to straighten up and engage that core!








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What Causes Burning Sciatica in the Buttocks | Back Injury?

Ah, the infamous “fire in the rear” scenario. I bet you didn’t expect to chat about this when you woke up today, did you? Well, let’s dive right into the burning issue. More often than not, this uncomfortable sensation is caused by something called sciatica—a mischievous nerve being pinched in your lower back. And guess what? Yes, you’re correct. Your posture and core strength play a significant role in keeping sciatica at bay.

I’ve written a complete hands-on review about the best sitting position for sciatica, and here is what I tested best with my sciatica patients.

Burning Sensation in Buttocks While Sitting

Ever sat on a tack? No? Well, good! But if you’ve felt a burning sensation in your buttocks while sitting, you’re kind of in the same club. Now, don’t worry. This is not an uncommon complaint in my practice. Sitting for extended periods can put undue pressure on your sciatic nerve. My solution? Stand up, stretch, and take regular breaks from sitting. And remember, a strong and balanced core can help distribute your weight evenly, saving you from this fiery plight.

Burning Sensation on Skin but Nothing There

I know, it sounds like something out of a ghost story, doesn’t it? But this phantom burning sensation is all too real for some. It’s usually a symptom of nerve miscommunication or even stress. Yes, stress! Our bodies respond to stress in weird and wonderful ways, and sometimes that’s with the feeling of invisible fire ants marching on your skin. Luckily, regular chiropractic care can help realign your spine, relieve nervous tension, and send those phantom ants packing!

How to Treat Burning Back Sensation

Here’s the climax of our fiery saga. You’ve felt the heat, you’ve battled the burn, and now you want to know how to extinguish it once and for all. And guess what I’m going to suggest? Right again! A healthy spine and a solid core. Regular visits to your friendly neighbourhood chiropractor (yes, that’s me!) can help you keep your spine in line, reduce pressure on your nerves, and alleviate that uncomfortable burning sensation. Remember, a balanced body is a happy body!

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Burning when sitting is a symptom that is felt more often when one’s pelvic floor muscles are weakened or tense. Unfortunately, there are many lifestyle factors that can contribute to burning when sitting, such as being overweight, pregnancy and childbirth-related stress, high-impact activities like running and jumping or pressure from sitting for long periods of time. Other medical conditions may also play a role in burning when sitting such as prostatitis or diabetes.
Regardless of the cause of burning pyuria, it is important for individuals to seek treatment if they experience this symptom. Treatment from a physician could include physical therapy and medications that can relieve the burning sensation. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as increasing daily activity and losing weight can help reduce symptoms too. Above all else, it is essential to remember that each individual’s situation is unique and requires special consideration. If you have burning when sitting talk to your doctor today about the best course of action for you– caring tone of voice!











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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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