Some pains are not what (or better yet, where) they seem.
For instance, low back pain must be due to a problem in the low back, right?
And what about knee pain – surely there’s something wrong with the knee that can only be cured by knee surgery, right?
While sometimes those observations are correct, most of the time that pain actually originates elsewhere.
This is where hip awareness and mobility come into play.
If we spent as much time on the mobility of our poor hip flexors as we do on weights then the risk of possible injury would be halved.
If we worked on some dynamic hip flexor stretching, the rolling out of our ITBS and look at increasing the range of our piriformis to a minimums 90 degrees then 2 very important things would happen. The quality of our lifting would increase dramatically and the risk of injury and all those lower back niggles would decrease no doubt. Both of these factors equal happy days 🙂
Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain. The piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot (similar to sciatic pain).
(ITBS) Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when there is an irritation to this band of fibrous tissue. The irritation usually occurs at the prominence of the outside of the knee joint, the lateral condyle which is located at the end of the femur (thigh) bone.