There are so many reasons to ask why your hip hurts that I cannot possibly explain them all here. One major reason for hip pain is lack of stretching. Muscles need to be stretched often; no matter if you are a pro ball player, stay at home mom, or executive sitting at a desk. I will discuss hip stretches in another blog.
When the hip hurts it can be really tough to figure out exactly from where the pain really is. You know how when you feel pain you will press on the area you think will relieve the pain? And how surprisingly, sometimes this does not work, especially with hip pain?
That’s because Trigger points (TrPs) in the low back, or even the calf, muscles in addition to the hip often cause hip pain. Without getting too scientific, a myofascial trigger point is a taught band of contracted muscle cells, which are microscopic in size, within a muscle fiber that make up the muscle tissue.
A massage therapist trained and adept in trigger point therapy will be able to ask you the right questions to pinpoint where the TrP is before they even touch you. The majority of Atrium Wellness clients experience pain in the low back/hip area and ask me why I am working on their calf when their pain is in their hip. I give the explanation and typically just as I am finished talking their hip pain is gone, it works that fast.
When hip pain is in the front of the body the TrP may be in a muscle called the iliopsoas that connects from the thigh bone to the spine and aids in flexing and rotating the leg at the hip as well as rotation of the spine. This is actually made up of two muscles, the psoas major and iliacus. Your therapist will palpate the muscles by pressing in at the inside portion of your hip bone.
One of the things that sets Atrium apart from other massage places is we do our best to help our clients determine the cause of discomfort in order to live a fuller life doing what they love, free of pain. Take a look at our testimonials page for real-life comments from people we have helped, many of which only return for relaxation and maintenance massages.
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