Massage Therapy for Hip Pain
Massage and Cupping Therapy are very beneficial in controlling chronic pain and the setbacks that come with limited movement of the hip joint.
Muscles can be so tight in the hip region that they present as symptoms of Sciatica. Your hips possess four groups of hip joint muscles that work together to allow movement — gluteal, lateral, abductor and iliopsoas. The muscles involved are known as the lateral rotators, or the “deep six.” These six muscles are situated deep within your buttocks, known as the gluteus maximus, and allow for external and internal hip rotation. Massaging the deep six is a good way to loosen your muscles.
Deep tissue massage and Cupping Therapy are excellent solutions for treating muscle spasms and tension. According to Livestrong.com, tight hip rotator muscles can place unnecessary stress on the joint between your pelvis and sacrum known as the sacroiliac joint. Over time, this stress can adversely affect your spine, causing back pain and spine problems. Keeping your hip rotators flexible supports your spine and helps prevent injuries. Massaging the muscles involved in hip rotation can help reduce tightness.
A number of specific conditions causing lower back, hip and leg pain may respond well when treated with therapeutic massage. These include low back pain, sciatica, lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, lumbar disk pathology, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, facet joint irritation, neuromuscular pain, anterior pelvic tilt, posterior pelvic tilt, lateral pelvic tilt, trochanteric bursitis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, piriformis syndrome, muscle strain and patellofemoral pain syndrome, and hamstring pulls – just to name a few!
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.