With common approaches, hip-groin pain is hard to treat and improvement is slow-going. You need a better approach. This is it.
If you’ve had therapy for hip-groin pain and still have the pain, you may be wondering why therapy didn’t work. Perhaps you’ve started to wonder if you can do better to treat your pain on your own.
The good news is, there is something you can do for yourself that works better than physical therapy, pain meds, or surgery.
Why Therapy Didn’t Work
Therapy didn’t work because the practitioner didn’t correctly understand what he or she was dealing with and/or because the therapeutic techniques at his or her disposal were incapable of making the necessary corrections. Sorry, but that’s what the results indicate.
In the case of combined hip and groin pain, that’s a combination of two symptoms. Typical therapy addresses those symptoms at their locations, as if their cause were where the symptoms are. In the case of this combination of symptoms, the cause is elsewhere than where the symptoms are, usually at the sacrum, the middle bone at the back of the pelvis that starts at the waist and ends at the tailbone. It’s turned,and one side, one of the two S-I joints, is jammed.
When the resting position of the sacrum gets straightened and resumes normal movement in walking, symptoms disappear without having to be addressed directly.
What You Can Do for Yourself
The solution consists of exercises that retrain muscle movement memory to exert symmetrical forces on your pelvis; the symmetrical forces cause the position of your sacrum to straighten over time. I developed these exercises from principles of clinical somatic education and designed the instruction in them for people to use at home, by themselves.
Why retrain muscle movement memory?
Muscle movement memory gets changed by injuries, and in particular, by the pain of injuries, which triggers a cringing response that often becomes chronic. The cringing response makes muscles tight enough to hurt, causes joint compression and pain, and causes nerves to get trapped and cause nerve pain.
With changes of muscle movement memory come changes of skeletal alignment, and you can’t get a lasting change of skeletal alignment by any form of manipulation, which explains why therapy didn’t work very well.
Somatic education exercises do the job well, however.
With hip groin pain, the cause is usually a twisted sacrum, usually the result of a hard fall or a hard blow to your hipbone or tailbone, a fall or impact that jammed one leg up into the pelvis, as in a fall from a ladder, from a height, or an automobile accident where one foot was hard on the brake. Such pain may come on mysteriously decades after the original injury (as happened to me).
Many symptoms, in addition to hip groin pain, commonly ensue, such as nerve pain in the front or side of the thigh, pain around the rim of the pelvis, a gripping sensation at the lower front of the abdomen, and even neck pain. You can see a list of common symptoms and what makes them occur, here.
A twisted sacrum can’t effectively be corrected by manipulation, skeletal or otherwise — including bodywork. However, you can correct it by restoring muscle movement memory to a healthy, balanced pattern.
It happens that self-correction done this way works far better than the standard medical solutions for hip groin pain. “Far better” means faster, more completely, and lastingly.
Here’s how to treat hip-groin pain.
In the healthy pattern, the muscles of the two sides of the body support balanced movement. When an injury has distorted the coordination of muscles into an unbalanced pattern, distortion of the pelvis (and so, the position of the sacrum) follows. That kind of distortion and the attendant pains that result can and often do last for decades, unless corrected. You may have noticed.
The first step is to identify which way your sacrum is twisted. What we look for is one sacroiliac joint being deeper set than the other. That means that that side of the sacrum is jammed forward and muscle movement memory has changed, accordingly.
There’s a way to examine yourself to find out which side is jammed deeper.
Once you’ve determined which side is deeper, you do a somatic education exercise, a structured action pattern that decompresses the jammed S-I joint. That sets the stage for later exercises that develop a balanced pattern of muscle movement memory.
That balanced pattern, by exerting similar forces left and right, reshapes your pelvis, the bones of which are secured by ligaments that, in the healthy state, allow for some degree of movement.
For hip groin pain, a specific set of somatic education exercises causes the pelvic shape to square, over time, and reinforces the new, balanced pattern of muscle movement memory.
So this is it, in a nutshell:
- Determine which way the sacrum is jammed.
- Unlock the jammed sacroiliac joint.
- Re-pattern muscle movement memory.
What are these exercises like?
You can see and test these exercises on the page for getting started with the self-correction program, Comforting Your S-I Joints, for free.
I developed these exercises, originally for my own use. When long-standing pelvic discomfort of mine suddenly (that made me want to pop my back, all the time, became much worse in a crisis that made it impossible for me to bend forward enough to put on socks, practically immobilized my walking, made turning over in bed and ordeal, made leaning forward to flush the toilet cause muscle spasms throughout my pelvis and back, and caused gripping pain, burning, and numbness at various places in my body, I had to develop a solution for myself which, over a period of time, I did. Developing the solution was easier said, than done, by the way.
Do the reading on that page, as well.
Once I had gotten results – disappearance of pain and recovery of mobility, I published videos of the exercises I had developed in the Full-Spectrum Somatics blog for public consumption. The feedback I got told me that I had something that would work for people, in general. That’s what you’ll be seeing at the page linked, above.
So, there is something effective that you can do, for yourself, to end hip groin pain.
If you’re intent on getting relief from hip/groin pain and you’ve accepted that you may have to do the work of getting it, by yourself, you’ll like these exercises.
Lawrence Gold is a certified clinical somatic educator practicing Hanna Somatic Education since 1990, with two years’ experience on-staff at a hospital rehabilitation center and a world-wide clientele. Find out more about his background, here [https://somatics.com/about-lawrence-gold.htm ]. Email him, here, to ask him about your situation [ https://somatics.com/wordpress/contact ].