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!