The hip is second only to the shoulder for the number of muscles that insert into the joint. It is because of all these muscles that we have such a wide range-of-motion with our leg. However, when the muscles begin to spasm and get tied into knots due to repetitive strain, you may gradually lose that range-of-motion and become locked into a girdle of pain.
Many of the muscles that cause hip pain are actually muscles of the back and the thigh, complicating the process of finding the cause of the pain and dysfunction. The good news is the trail can be followed logically and treated one muscle at a time, beginning with the thigh muscle (Rectus Femoris) and then moving to the two back muscles (Iliopsoas and Quadratus Lumborum).
Once you have released the spasms in the three muscles mentioned above, then it’s time to look at the spasms in your hip muscles, specifically:
Your Tensor Fascia Lata (TFL) is right on the very outside of your hip. This small muscle merges into the long Iliotibial Band (ITB) that inserts into the outside of your knee, stabilizing your knee with each step you take. In the same area are your Gluteus Minimus and Gluteus Medius muscles, so treating your TFL will not only quickly reduce hip pain, it will also take the stress off your knee joint.
The Gluteus Maximus muscle is a powerful muscle that draws your leg back. Because of its connection to the top of your thigh bone (femur) when it is tight it will pull on the bone and cause hip pain, especially when you try to bring your leg forward.
Your Piriformis muscle is one of a group of six muscles that collectively are called “The Six Deep Lateral Rotators” because of their action in turning your leg out. Charlie Chaplin’s famous walk is an example of an extreme lateral rotators contraction. Since the muscle draws your leg and foot outward, anything that causes your leg to rotate in so your feet are pointing straight ahead, will cause you hip pain.
The other thing a tight Piriformis muscle will do is press down on your sciatic nerve, causing sciatica. Sciatica is a severe hip pain that hurts regardless of what you do. Yet, releasing the muscles mentioned above, and then releasing the tension in your piriformis muscle will stop the pain of sciatica quickly.
The Julstro™ System shows you how to self-treat your hip pain by releasing spasms and lengthening muscle fibers.
Your hip is frequently affected by tension in the muscles of the low back, so treating those muscles first may eliminate your hip pain. For treatments on the muscles connected to the hip, it is helpful to use a ball to target the deep tissue.
Julie Donnelly has worked with several people who were scheduled for hip surgery, and just releasing the tension in these muscles prevented the surgery. It’s worth your time and energy to explore the muscles before choosing invasive treatment. You have nothing to lose but the pain!
The Julstro™ Complete Self-Treatment Kit shows you how to do the easy-to-learn Julstro™ techniques.
That’s it! There’s no more waiting for a therapist or doctor’s appointment to relieve the pain. You are your best therapist. With the Julstro™ System, you may never need to spend another dollar on expensive therapy or questionable treatments.
I am amazed at how your session has yielded ongoing resolution with a few maintenance tweaks— I guess the iliacus had never gotten resolved before, and now I am back at exercising! I went to three physical therapists and none of them helped me in the way I truly needed – none, though they were marvelous people who cared tremendously! However, the thing you offered me was a new understanding of, really, the master picture and what went wrong; along of course with the solution that you put within my grasp!”
— Joan Slaughter