Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's All In The Hips

In case you didn't get the reference from my post title, it's from Happy Gilmore, which is one of the only Adam Sandler movies that doesn't make me run screaming.


I kept doing that "it's all in the hips" line in my head as I was dealing with my hip today, because I amuse myself.

Today I took a rest/pain management day even though I briefly entertained going for a run.  I quickly decided against it after being woken up every time I rolled on my right hip last night.  Super frustrating but also something that I'm used to since basically I run in pain about 99% of the time.  I don't say that to garner sympathy, it is what it is, and I don't know that you can run on the regular and not deal with chronic aches and pains.  My right hip gets on little jags of hurting me, and I suspect it's overcompensating for the fact that the left side of my body is weird.  My left knee has been wonky since I was born pretty much, and there was some such diagnosis about the joints not growing together correctly or something...I dunno, I was 5 so I don't remember.  I know this is shocking, but I've never seen a doctor about it since.  I have a weird bone thing sticking out of my left knee and it's incredibly sensitive.  More than a light touch on the knee feels like fire.  My left foot is the one that got plantar fasciitis and I'm always very cautious of how I put that foot down, so I'm quite sure between my knee and my foot that the right side of my body overcompensates and has put things out of wack.

Usually when I get up and start moving things get better, however I continued to have burning pain in my hip, and rolling wasn't cutting it.  After a frustrating morning, it finally occurred to me to get my pain management workbook out and try to pinpoint a better massage spot to help things.


I really should slap myself for not consulting this book more often, because I've been very pleased with the results every time.  I had great success with treating my plantar fasciitis, and am happy to report that it significantly helped my hip today too!

The principle behind trigger point therapy is that the body is connected, and that due to the way it's connected that massaging certain points can relieve pain in areas that you would not expect.  For instance, for my PF the trigger point it guided me to massage was a place right on my upper calf behind the knee.  I was very skeptical until I found the trigger point and suddenly felt like someone had touched a hot brand to my leg.  I may have even said a word that rhymed with duck.  As painful as it was, I continued to massage that spot, and realized several minutes later that my foot felt almost completely pain free.  With continued massaging I have managed to really help manage my feet and keep them mostly pain free, though I still get twinges.

Embarrassingly enough the trigger point for my hip was my right glute, or as Forest Gump would say, the but-tock.  I again was skeptical that this would work, but yowza.  When I found the trigger point I immediately knew, it was that same horrible burning, I could feel the weird crackling sensation of dehydrated tissue in that spot, and I said a word that rhymed with duck again.  Many, MANY times.  I massaged for a bit and had to give it a break because of how painful it was, but I immediately felt better mobility in my hip.  Later today I did more massaging and it felt even better.  I don't know what kind of voodoo shit this book is, but all I can say is that it works! I am going to do another little mini massage session here in a bit, and hopefully that will put me in a good place to run tomorrow.  The temps are supposed to be decent tomorrow, so I am going to attempt to do my 5 miler so that I can get it over with, especially since the temps are climbing back up starting Friday.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!


9 comments:

  1. It's interesting how everything occurs in a chain and things all up and down our legs affect things. Glad it helped!

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    1. The body is so crazy, sometimes in not the greatest way, but it does put you in awe at how one part of the body can affect the other!

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  2. I'm having the same issue in exactly the same place....SOO gonna try this!! Thanks!! :)

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    1. It will look weird, but just feel along the "cheek" of the side you're hurting on. When you happen upon the trigger point, trust me, you'll know it. You can massage by hand, or if you're like me and want to look like a crazy grizzly bear scratching themselves, you can find a doorknob in the house at butt level and just go to town! Hope it helps!

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    2. UGGGGHHH exact same trigger point for my low back pain. Somehow I always envision myself as looking like a demented giraffe as I contort my body to but-tock-rub some poor innocent doorknob in that exact right spot. Today I know I'm getting the right spot because I'm screaming the duck word, but it's not relieving the pain for long so I'm asking Dr. Google for more advice. I'll let you know if anything works.

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  3. HOw did you find the spot for your PF? I find trigger point super interesting. I've also noticed my PF gets worse if I don't stretch the hell out of my calves. Which I often forget to do.

    Glad you figured out what's bugging your hips. Now go pull a Happy beating Shooter at the last hole and kick some butt!

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  4. This post gives me a hilarious visual and I love it :p

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  5. Thanks for the book recommendation. I also deal with chronic hip pain so I'm going to give this a try.

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  6. You know, when I started reading this I was gonna suggest Trigger Point therapy for your glutes because I used to be a massage therapist (technically still licensed but I'm not practicing). It's amazing what consistent TP work can do - I used to have debilitating pain in my right hip and I was in massage school at the time and you would not believe my frustration when we started practicing TP and my pain just *poof* - went away. A nurse practitioner made me take a course of steroids for "possible" bursitis (even though I didn't have any of the other symptoms) before considering PT, and even my PT didn't do that much trigger point work (I think that was more down to the PT's skills than anything). When my classmates started working on my my hip completely opened up and though I still have to stretch and do self massage, it's never gone back to how it was.

    Anyways...TP work is amazing! Keep at it!

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