Note to self: Today i manually self-massaged my right Psoas area by lying on back with both bent knees layed down to the left side. Immediately for the first time in a year or so my hip-flexor tightness/pain seemed to go away. Maybe it wasn’t my external quad hip-flexor/upper groin area that had trigger points. Maybe now my right glutes(medius and maximus) will work better and keep my right knee(mainly medial) from hurting after intense movement.

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2 Responses to Note to self: Today i manually self-massaged my right Psoas area by lying on back with both bent knees layed down to the left side. Immediately for the first time in a year or so my hip-flexor tightness/pain seemed to go away. Maybe it wasn’t my external quad hip-flexor/upper groin area that had trigger points. Maybe now my right glutes(medius and maximus) will work better and keep my right knee(mainly medial) from hurting after intense movement.

  1. Gray Cook’s DVD on Primitive Patterns of the Hip & Knee helped me tremendously. So did Claire Davies Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. The Psoas Major & Minor along with the Illiacus are the formal antagonist to the Glute Max & Medius. My Right Glutes have not been firing properly for some time. This results in knee pain and excess workloads placed on hip-flexors and knee extensors/stabilizers. My right foot tends to turn out when squatting and when climbing. I also notice that my right patella (knee cap) tends to track more to the inside, much more than my left knee. When i do full pistol squats on my right side, they are much more difficult due to the torque of the knee/hip. The right foot turns out as a result to try and compensate for lack of stability. The end result is knee pain, low-level of glute firing and a possible impingement/strain on the hip-flexor of my right side. Mainly the Psoas. For the first time in over a year or more i feel no pain or tightness in my right hip-flexor area. This is a result of my first brief attempt to massage a possible trigger point in my Psoas. Hopefully this will help to restore proper recruitment of my glutes, etc on my right side. Energy leaks be gone… you dirty bastards 🙂

    • ps. i do notice that my knee cap tracks more to the center when i activate my glutes. till now i have had much difficulty keeping them firing/stabilizing while i perform things like single-leg squats on my right side. Along with much of the issues i’ve had, there has also been a mild asymmetry with left side of core area(internal/external obliques and possibly the QL). This would figure in with Thomas Myers/Janda’s meridian lines or x’s of the body. Right hip ties in to the left side, crossing somewhere around the oblique and tying in the left shoulder girdle area i presume. Janda’s low back and hip-flexor form one X. The Glutes and Abs form the second X. The latter is supposed to be the primary but because of the sedentary lifestyle of Westerners we now enjoy too much involvement of the wrong X, the low back/hipflexor X. Where much pain is observed. Cook says that when any muscle is shortened and accompanied with pain/tightness then an impingement is present. He specifially referred to the hip-flexor area. Many of his patients feel pain when he flexes their hip-flexor. This is not a good thing. It must be cleaned up!

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