Many people are told they have “tight hip flexors” or have hip impingement. Often times these people have pain in the bottom of the squat. Most of these patients often have trouble trying to find relief from this pain.
Getting the right diagnosis for this problem is essential to finding the relief you desire. The video above will help you find answers. Skip ahead and watch if you would like – keep reading for some more information on fixing this problem.
People are told that pain in the bottom of the squat are from tight hip flexors…nothing could be further from the truth!
In order for something to be tight, it has to prevent the muscle from lengthening. At the bottom of the squat, the hip flexors (more specifically the iliopsoas – a muscle composed of the iliacus and psoas muscle) attach to the front of the spine and the lesser trochanter of the femur. At the bottom of the squat, this muscle is shortened. It cannot block hip flexion!
Here is a brief list of what can block hip flexion and cause a “pinch” in the front of the hip during squats or hip flexion:
adductor muscle group
posterior hip capsule
Those are by far the most common reason for a pinch in the front of the hip with hip flexion.
The hip flexors will not be found on this list!
The hip flexors cannot block hip flexion!
If you are reading this and been told that tight hip flexors are your problem, watch the video above and take the test.
How did you do?
Were you able to bring your knee to your chest without pain?
Was it limited or painful? Did it recreate your problem?
If it did, there is a good chance we can help your problem! We have helped thousands in a similar position.
Watch the video and take the test. How did you do?
Sciatica is often used as a catch-all term by patients to refer to any pain they feel in their legs. Millions of dollars are spent each year, with limited effectiveness. This is understandable when we begin to take into consideration all the possible causes of symptoms and break down the traditional methods of diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
Radiating leg pain accounts for around 5-10% of all low back pain cases. Disc related sciatica symptoms account for only 2.2% of cases. Tight or overactive muscles are usually to blame in cases diagnosed with piriformis syndrome, and THISis where the lack of effectiveness in the treatment of radiating leg pain essentially begins! Whether conservative, or surgical, there is a LACK of diagnosing underlying conditions creating “tight” or overactive muscles!
Fortunately, new research being brought to light by researchers and doctors are shining a light on a new paradigm shift in the diagnosis and treatment of radiating pain down the leg. Deep Gluteal Syndrome, or DGS, has the same pain characteristics as sciatica and piriformis syndrome, but the true cause of the problem has finally been found!
For years, surgeons have noted and treated “fibrous scar bands” during procedures. Sciatic nerve decompression is a surgery where fibrous scar bands, also known as adhesion, are removed around the sciatic nerve to alleviate pain.
The problem is that surgery is no more beneficial than quality conservative care after 1 year! Even with surgery, a small but significant group of patients fail to improve all together! Collagen, the material that makes up adhesion, breaks down with as little as 6 pounds of tension. The keyword is tension, and its specific application. Compressive forces take much more pressure. The good news is that Integrative Diagnosis providers have been effectively treating this problem, without surgery, for over a decade!
Adhesion, as it is frequently referred as, is a build up of collagen or fibrotic tissue that acts like glue on muscles and around nerves. As adhesion builds, it limits flexibility of joints causing weakness and pain. If adhesion builds up around nerves, like the sciatic nerve, it can create symptoms of tingling, burning, or numbness. Sound familiar?
The good news is this problem is extremely common, one of the most common problems in the body, that also happens to be one of the most reversible conditions in the human body as well! Adhesion develops most commonly through overuse, think repetitive motions like running, or prolonged positions like sitting on your butt all day.
Manual Adhesion Release, MAR, is a technique used by certified Integrative Diagnosis providers. This treatment creates enough tension on adhesion to effectively break it down over a series of visits. It is currently the only treatment that focuses on the diagnosis and breakdown of adhesion. ID providers use specific tests to establish the diagnosis and measure progress from visit to visit.
Previously, Deep Gluteal Syndrome was a complex issue difficult to overcome with traditional therapies and surgery. With this new research, paradigm shift, and advances in effective treatment coming to fruition, finally patients can get the treatment needed for their desired outcome.