Trigger Points – Pain Around the Crest of the Hip

These people most often complain of pain just under the crest of the hip.  They frequently complain of pain that arcs in front of the hip and into the groin. If they are comfortable doing so, they will complain of pain in the genitalia. They may also complain of pain in the SI joint.

This pain tends to be constant and, at times, intense. Most QL trigger points bother the person when bending forward, this one hurts more when bending forward and to the side.

This is one of the trigger points that bothered me in my 20s and early 30s. I remember how it would shoot around the hip and into the groin when I would step out of the car, onto one foot. It made me think that there was some internal organ problem. I would be so relieved when my massage therapist or chiropractor would work on me and the whole pattern would go away.

This condition commonly occurs just after performing a task that involves teetering front to back and side to side. The client often has trouble naming the activity of onset but when they do, it has an unusual twisting motion like reaching up and back to pain a gutter or a particularly strenuous yoga pose that twists and reaches back.

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with Self Care.

This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch and other strategies that relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.

Feel for the space in your low back between your ribs and hips. This trigger point is just under the bottom rib. Focus your icing and in that area and along the vertebrae near the last rib.

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This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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