THE DMR THERAPY® APPROACH:
Most of these conditions that often seem complicated and difficult are actually very easy to treat rapidly and effectively because the source of pain is much more easily resolved than normally believed using the correct techniques. In many cases they can be eliminated in one or two sessions or can be reduced with some simple self-care (see “self treatment” below).
In most of these cases the causes are the same: Tightness and trigger points in the soft tissue. That is, in the muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments.
Hip pain is a common problem, but much more common than need be. Relief can be immediate for much hip pain if treated correctly. Unfortunately, most traditional treatment lacks the depth needed to be really effective.
In this article we’ll generally be referring to chronic hip pain that develops over time and where causes such as tumors or fractures and such are not involved.
The Conventional Point of view identifies a number of problems that cause hip pain. Among them are arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, sciatica or general wear and tear of the joint, which wears away the cartilage.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. It is supposedly caused by wear on the joint from aging or excess weight. Cartilage, which protects and lubricates the joint, wears away, leaving a painful condition of bone against bone.
Conventional treatment might consist of recommending weight loss, the use of a crutch or cane, physical therapy often involving the strengthening of nearby muscles, supplements such as glucosamine and anti-inflammatory drugs. If the pain persists or gets worse, steroid injections are often recommended. Hip replacement surgery is usually the last recourse.
DMR Therapy® point of view: Arthritis, is over diagnosed. Hip pain is almost always soft tissue in origin and relieving the trigger points in the muscles and stretching the fascia almost always eliminates the pain.
Loss of cartilage
Another often-diagnosed problem is loss of cartilage, again, supposedly caused by “wear and tear” from age and overuse.
Conventional treatment normally begins with pain relievers or steroid injections to lessen pain and inflammation. That failing, hip replacement surgery is the normal recourse.
DMR Therapy® point of view: Joints don’t wear out from normal use or from wear and tear, nor is it a normal effect of aging. If that were true, everyone over a certain age would have hip problems. It is believed that cartilage wears away and is not regenerated. Cartilage wear has to do with undo strain from weight or, more commonly, tightness of the muscles of the joint, which clamp down and force the bone more tightly into the socket. This is a gradual process, and if it were recognized, most hip replacement surgery would be eliminated. In most cases, this pain—described as bone rubbing against bone—is actually muscle pain. Resolving the muscle pain with DMR Therapy® can normally eliminate the problem.
This pain of the hip and buttocks that often extends down the back or side of the leg is often thought to be caused by lumbar disc problems which disturb the sciatic nerve.
Conventional treatment may consist of short rests and then back exercises and stretching. Pain relief may be sought through the use of anti-inflammatory medications, as well as heat and ice packs, ultrasound treatment, or galvanic stimulation. If that fails to lessen the pain, epidural steroid injections or vertebral surgery might be indicated.
DMR Therapy® viewpoint: Lumbar discs are rarely the origin of gluteal pain. The Gluteus Medius muscle in the hip is much more often the culprit, though the pain could also be coming from the TFL, QL or others. The pattern of pain that extends down the leg is the exact same pattern as sciatic pain. The good news is that this is very easily relieved.
There are two common types of bursitis of the hip: trochanteric bursitis that produces pain felt inside the hip joint or on the outside of the hip and ischial bursitis that causes pain in the buttocks near the sit bone (the Ischial Tuberosity).
Conventional treatment consists of rest and discontinuing the activity that may have caused it. Ice may be applied to reduce inflammation; often anti-inflammatory medication is recommended along with stretching of the associated muscles. In more extreme cases cortisone injections can be administered.
DMR Therapy® point of view: Bursitis is much less common than usually believed. If bursitis is present, it can be easily eliminated by removing the tension that is causing it. Pain diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis, for example, is most often actually trigger point pain from one of three muscles: the Gluteus Medius, the Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL) or the Quadratus Lumborum (QL). Again, this is very easily remedied with DMR Therapy® techniques.
Individuals who do repetitive movements that involve the soft tissues that surround the hip sometimes experience hip tendinitis. They might also have difficulties bending their hips or feel pain and weakness in the hip region while resting or sleeping at night. The supposed cause of this pain is the overuse of tendons.
Conventional treatment might consist of heat and ice applications, physical therapy that can include stretching the tendons, or anti-inflammatory drugs. If little improvement is seen, steroid injections might be the next step, or medical infiltration.
DMR Therapy® point of view: Tendinitis is inflammation, generally at the point of attachment of the tendon to the bone. Inflammation is caused by stress from the tightness of the muscle where the tendon attaches to the bone. By releasing the muscle, the tension of the tendon is reduced, the blood is able to flush out the area and the pain from the tendon disappears.
Self-treatment can be effective for much hip pain. For buttock pain (near the bone you sit on), take a tennis ball and put it under your buttocks at the point of pain. Ease down upon it so you can feel the pain intensify somewhat. Hold that position until the pain lessens and then sit down harder. You can adjust the pain level by changing the hardness of what you are sitting on. The important thing is to ease down on the ball so the pain level is controlled.
This same method can be used for sciatica. Place the tennis ball on the floor and lie on it. The place where you will feel the most pain will be just above the hip joint or the upper rim of the pelvis. The point for trochanteric bursitis pain is just above or below the joint while lying on your side. Experiment. Find the spot where the pain you feel causes the pain and slowly relax on to the ball until the pain subsides. Keep putting more pressure on it until the pain is gone completely. Your problem will probably have gone completely also.
Conventional therapies for this type of problem are often not effective. For that reason, many people suffer needlessly from pain that can be easily resolved. Conventional therapy may sometimes cause more harm than good, especially any therapy involving steroids or surgery. DMR Therapy® is non-invasive, has no negative side effects and is surprisingly fast and effective. Often people that have endured pain and restriction of movement for years find that their pain vanishes in one session of treatment.
Also see: arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, sciatica.