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Outer Hip Pain Won’t Keep Me from Training

I’ve renewed my commitment to walking the 500-mile trek along the El Camino de Santiago!

Muscle aches, especially outer hip pain, are really getting to me though.  I had been doing so great preparing last year to walk the 500-mile trek this year but ended up having surgery to remove plates and screws from my ankle which set me back a year or so.

I was finally back on track until recently when my hip joint started to really cause some outer hip pain.

At 3am this morning I woke up feeling like I’d been hit with a hammer in my hip!  Even though I have the tools to relieve the pain I was so tired and too lazy to get up and release the muscle knots…….so I suffered longer than necessary.  (I don’t recommend this to my clients by the way!)

Of course I couldn’t sleep anyway so I finally got up, grabbed my Trigger Point Treatment Ball and went to work on releasing muscle knots.

The hip muscles causing all of the pain were the tensor fascia lata, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus.  Check out this graph for specifics on these muscles.

I was more than grateful that I knew how to relieve the outer hip pain.  Every time I experience pain like this it makes me more determined to teach as many of you as possible.  Pain really can be relieved quickly with a couple simple tools and techniques!

Here’s what I did to relieve my outer hip pain:

Place a ball on the outside of your hip joint onto the tensor fascia lata muscle.

Either lie down on the ball as shown in this picture or lean into a wall.

If your hip muscles are tender lean into the wall first and then afterward lie down on the floor.

For extra measure, I soaked in a hot tub of Epsom salts today since I had a 3-hour drive.  Epsom salt baths have been used for hundreds of years to help relieve muscle aches.  I did a little research and found that some of the health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.  I even found that soaking in Epsom salts can prevent hardening of the arteries (big bonus!).

I am walking tomorrow and relieved that I have no muscle aches or pains!

We don’t have to suffer!  We have your answer here!

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