Hip Pain

Side of Hip Pain after Childbirth or Cycling

Trigger point pain post includes

  • how people describe this problem
  • activities that create or aggravate the trigger point
  • links to relief through self-care, anatomy, and massage notes

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

Patients trace their fingers up and down the side of their hip and complain of constant pain. In addition, they might have some have nervy” pain on the inside of their thigh or the “bone that they sit on.” The sensation at the “sits” bone tends to be more painful than “nervy.”

When this is from childbirth, it tends to be on both sides, but not always. When this is from cycling or other exercises, it tends to be only on one side.

Some have sought relief through physical therapy. Some have been told to “wait it out,” it’s just part of recovering from pregnancy. You can get relief from it through self-care activities or bodywork.

At times, patients complain of changes in their urinary activity. They may get burning, itching, or even, shooting pains around their bladder.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

This doesn’t just happen with childbirth or cycling. It also occurs in people that have pelvic trauma from a fall or accident. I’ve had some cyclists with this problem as well. They usually have had their prostate checked to see if that is the culprit.

Jerky pelvic movements, like hopping across boulders, walking on sand dunes, or amusement park rides can also aggravate this.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Obturator Externus

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Getting Relief on Your Own

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Strategies

This is a tricky problem but, you may be able to get relief on your own. Take a look at this post.

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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Tony Preston

Tony Preston, LMT has been treating adults and children since the early 90s. He has authored a number of texts on neuromuscular and craniosacral techniques. He has taught Neuromuscular Therapy for ASHA School of Massage and craniosacral the National Institute of Craniosacral Studies. He currently teaches seminars in Integrative Craniosacral techniques at The Body Guild.

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