Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

Decrease Groin and Hip Pain with this Adductor Self-Release

It’s pretty impressive how much various forms of hip and groin pain can be reduced with a simple self-release technique using a lacrosse ball on the the muscles called the “adductors”. We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other physical therapists around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our approach to hands-on physical therapy and unique self-treatment instruction can help others to get back to the living the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of an adductor self-release to decrease your groin and hip pain. *Please note that a single technique is unlikely to completely resolve most forms of hip or groin pain, and what you see in the video below is not safe for everyone out there. You need to confirm with a licensed healthcare provider that this self-treatment technique is safe and appropriate for you. If you’re in the Austin area or can get here, and would like to know exactly what’s causing your hip/groin pain, you can click here to request a completely free onsite physical therapy consultation with one of our expert manual physical therapists.

If you are dealing with groin and hip pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

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Hip or Back Pain? – TENSOR FASCIA LATA (TFL) Self-Release with Lacrosse Ball

Hip or Back Pain? – TENSOR FASCIA LATA (TFL) Self-Release with Lacrosse Ball

We make a ton of training videos for our staff and other PTs around the world. Occasionally we share them on our blog so those suffering needlessly can see how our approach to hands-on physical therapy helps others to get back to the living the active lifestyles they want and deserve.

Below is one such video showing an example of a Tensor Fascia Lata (TFL) self-release for when you have a hip or back pain using a lacrosse ball.

 

If you are dealing with hip or back pain and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

Or click here to send us an email.

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“Why Did My Pain Come Back?”

Have you ever had an injury that you thought was resolved, but then some of the symptoms return a little while later? Did you think that you would have to live with this pain for the rest of your life?

Many of our patients tell us similar stories about a pain/injury that would resurface now and again, sometimes completely debilitating them or at least keeping them from being able to exercise for a while. And unfortunately many of them thought they would “just have to live with it” and occasionally be laid up by it … until they found us.

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How to Adjust your Chair and Computer to Avoid Neck Pain

How to Adjust your Chair and Computer to Avoid Neck Pain

Aside from those who come to my office with neck pain due to a trauma or car accident, I would estimate over 90% of my patients with neck pain develop that pain, at least in part, due to poor posture.

With more and more people spending an ever-greater amount of time sitting at desks, the number of people developing serious neck pain and dysfunction is also increasing.  A great deal of this pain could be avoided if people were to set up their desk space in a way that promotes and supports good posture, and if they were also adamant about maintaining these proper postural positions.

I find myself explaining appropriate postural positions and ergonomic desk set-ups on a weekly basis, so I decided to write an article and make a video about this issue.

Based on the video above, whether or not you have a desktop or a laptop, it is likely you will need an adjustable keyboard tray.  Here is a link to one of my favorites.  Note, you may be able to save money if the 17 inch version is big enough for you. You can also opt for the “standard tray” rather than this “adjustable tray” which essentially just gives you more adjustments for the mouse pad area (though if you have wrist or elbow issues, I would stick with the adjustable tray).

If you are using a laptop, here is a link to a wireless keyboard you can connect to it. If this one doesn’t suit your needs, just look around on Amazon for one that does. Here are general directions for connecting the keyboard to the laptop wirelessly.

If your chair is not adjustable in the ways described in the video, here is a link to the fully adjustable chair in the video.  With all that said, if you read this post on the dangers of sitting still and fully supported all day long, you may want to try this swiss ball chair. You can still attain very good posture with this type of chair… you just have to work at it throughout the day, which is likely much better for your health. All the angles of the body and placement of the computer/keyboard demonstrated in the video still apply.

If you have any questions about posture or neck pain that are not addressed in this article or video, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Flying in for Formula One? Here’s how to Keep your Low Back Feeling Good while you’re in Austin

Flying in for Formula One? Here’s how to Keep your Low Back Feeling Good while you’re in Austin

So Formula One is coming to the great city of Austin, Texas and there will be many people flying in from out of the country to see the races. These long flights can do a number on the body and especially the low back. There are a great number of things that can contribute to and/or cause low back pain, but today I’d like to focus on one that commonly affects people having to sit through long flights.

I rarely see a patient with low back pain whose “hip flexors” are not at least partially involved in their symptoms. So what are the hip flexors? And how can they cause back pain? I think this is most easily explained with a video …  (more…)

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