Pilates for Hip Pain

Currently I am seeing a couple of clients who were referred to me because they were experiencing chronic outer hip pain.
After doing a static postural assessment and glute/psoas muscle function test, I saw the same results with each client. A hip hike and loss of function in both the psoas and glute maximus. This gave me valuable information to work with, I knew at this point we needed to get the psoas and glutes functioning in order to help relieve the hip pain.
The question now is why are the glutes and psoas dysfunctional? Looking at the muscle function pattern in each test gives me an idea of what muscles are hypertonic and possibly inhibiting the glutes and psoas from functioning. This is my starting point in planning out a curriculum for my client.
Each exercise I choose has a purpose and objective focused on getting the glutes and psoas to function again.
Once the glutes and psoas are functioning again we can start to focus on strengthening them.
I give them practical homework to do in between session to support the work we’re doing in the studio. If a client is disciplined and does the homework they will feel results more quickly. Change comes and pain starts leaving. It’s a work in progress to change the muscular imbalances but I’m happy to say my clients are in less pain and getting progressively better.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to chat.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? What’s your plan for your next 7 delicious weeks?

Temptation list of the usual saboteurs…
1. Office treats
2. Alcohol
3. Baking
4. New holiday recipes to try
5. Holiday parties
6. Family functions

There’s a lot of potential challenges in this list. I like to start by becoming crystal clear with my goal. Am I trying to lose weight, maintain, heal my tummy? What’s the motivation? Mr. Kersting, my high school religion teacher/ PE coach taught me the power of vision. He said a famous basketball player (most likely Pistol Pete) dreamt about making the basket over and over and over again.
My suggestion is to envision your success. If you’ve decided to surrender and not try to moderate your consumption of office goodies, take a moment or several, to play out eyeing your most favorite treat, a cute cupcake perhaps, sitting on the lunch room table, begging to be saved…. looking emotional even. Feel the compulsion to snag it… the tingling in your body anticipating the first bite of this decadent “feel good” reward.
Hear the voices in your head “you deserve it”, “moderation not deprivation”, “just this one treat”… Hear your co-workers lures, “I brought this homemade organic all natural gluten-free treat just for you. Don’t you want to at least try it?”

What are you going to say? What are you going to do? What’s it going to feel like? What are the fears? Will you be ok?

My last recommendation is to enlist the help of others. The buddy system works well if you choose the right buddy. Same religion teacher, Mr. Kersting, gave some pretty good advice. “Look to surround yourself with people whom you admire.” My friend, Jessica, is a true inspiration to me. She is kind and loving and shows confidence with her boundaries with ease.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

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This week’s blog we will cover 5 of the most frequently asked questions about acupuncture. We hope this will be a nice article for people to learn about acupuncture and also educate people who may be interested.

How old is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the longest medical traditions alive in the world today.  Some scholars claim the tradition is 5,000 years old (Neolithic Era), more conservative estimates have put it to being 2,500 years old (Bronze Age). As more archeological evidence is discovered perhaps one day we will have a more clear picture on the subject. In any case, acupuncture has been with us for centuries.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture when performed by a licensed practitioner using clean needle techniques is generally a safe procedure.

What are the needles like?

All acupuncture needles are sterile, stainless steel, single use (disposable) needles. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair and they glide into the skin.  Acupuncture needles are filiform, meaning they are solid, and are not designed to rip and tear flesh like syringe needles are made to.

Is acupuncture painful ?

Generally, I would say that a majority of my patients do not feel pain or discomfort with my needling style. At times, when dealing with painful conditions, there may be a sense of minimal discomfort but it is a very brief and temporary feeling.

How might acupuncture work?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): “In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture’s effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced in the United States. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.”

Thank you for reading our blog. If you have a condition and would like to know if acupuncture can help, feel free to call us 415.445.9388  or email us info@sfacugroup.com and schedule a free 15 minute consultation.


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