Hip joint restrictions can lead to back pain, leg and knee pain as well as neck pain. It can also lead to injury due in part to improper body mechanics during workouts attributed to limited range of motion.
Whether you cycle, run, play squash or lift weights, the benefits of massage and stretching should not be underestimated. If you have restriction in the hip joint you are working against yourself, your movements are playing tug-of-war. With tightness in the back of the hip you have to pull harder with your hip flexors and your abs to bring your leg forward. Restrictions in the front of the hip leads to back tension and too much external rotation on your kick back. It can also cause knee pain due to the pressure pushing the quad over the knee during squats and lunges because the hip joint is not dropping down and back as it should.
Keeping your hip joints unrestricted will help you perform better and keep you from getting fatigued as quickly.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It can be made worse by environmental and psychological factors, and is described as pain that persists for weeks, months or years. Without the hope of relief, chronic pain often becomes a defining factor in the lives of those experiencing this condition. Many lose the ability to eat, sleep, work and function normally. It can cause sufferers to alienate those around them, and it sometimes leads to drug addiction, irritability and depression.
Pain lets us know that something is wrong and the body responds by doing everything it can to protect itself from further harm. After an injury the healing process begins, and once complete the pain response should end. However with chronic pain the message of the pain itself never ends. Some common causes of Chronic Pain are abnormal levels of muscle tension caused by shortened and tight muscle tissue. Chronic tightening of muscle fibers results in restricted blood flow and lymph flow resulting in acidosis. Without the proper circulation of blood and lymph flow, waste products build up and a nutritional deficit occurs in the tissue.
Deep pressure massage helps relieve chronic pain by releasing the blood and lymph flow. This increased flow allows the waste product to be carried away and allows the influx of fresh oxygen and nutrients. The deep pressure massage feels good to chronic-pain clients because it releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers for the body. With the release of these endorphins, the client experiences a euphoric break from the pain for a period of time. Notable relief is experienced after a session, and so a maintenance program of at least once a week is recommended.
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