Stiff Low Back with Pain in the Lower Hip

This is one of several posts about a stiff, fragile low back. A stiff low back is usually a combination of a binding intervertebral joint with more than one muscle involved. If you have a stiff low back, you should compare these posts.

Client Description

These people complain of stiffness at the base of the spine with pain that is low in the hip. These people press into the fleshy part of the lower buttock and say that it hurts there.

Usually, they also have stiffness in the base of the spine, and often, have noticed some tenderness there when they press into their back just above the dimple in their hip. Sometimes, this area is sharp and debilitatingly painful.

The pain in the hip can be sudden and sharp or dull and achy. These people are fidgety and adjust their seating to try to get relief.  The pain in the hip can be sharp when they twist unexpectedly.  Older people are concerned about their hip joint and may have recently had an orthopedist check their hip for the pain only to have the doctor say that their hip is just fine.

This condition, like other QL problems, is usually activated by a teetering activity like sweeping, mowing the grass, moving boxes or washing dishes. It is also activated by leaning forward and reaching out as when stacking things in the back of a low cabinet.

Get relief
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.

This trigger point is right at the base of the spine, at the top of the sacroiliac joint. Focus your icing and twists in that area. It is often more tender and puffy in that area. It often releases with a little click.

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

This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We’d love your feedback. We are adding posts and converting the old posts as quickly as time permits.

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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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