Chiropractor for Hip Pain

Hip pain can be one of those symptoms that is hard to describe. It’s difficult to know exactly where the pain is located, or what it feels like. Hip pain can feel very deep—like it’s affecting the joint, but it doesn’t always ache when you move.

Some types of hip pain are worse when sitting. Some increase with activity. Maybe your hip hurts, but the pain is also shooting down into your knee or your groin is aching. Maybe your toes even tingle! All you really know is that you want relief fast. What’s causing your hip pain and can a chiropractor relieve your hip pain?

What causes hip pain?

To understand hip pain, it helps to know some basic anatomy. Your hip is a joint that connects your leg to your torso. It’s a ball and socket joint, which means the head of your thighbone, or femur, can swivel inside the joint socket. The hip socket is made up of your pelvic bones.

Pain is a symptom of inflammation, along with warmth, redness, and swelling. Hip pain can be due to inflammation in the joint itself, but many other structures surrounding the joint can also cause pain. Or pain can be referred to your hip from other areas of your body, like your spinal column. Certain activities lead to increased inflammation, which causes increased pain.

Hip pain from walking

Many conditions that cause pain in the hips originate in the spinal nerves. The spinal nerves branch off from the spinal cord in between the vertebrae or backbones.

If a nerve is pinched between two vertebrae in the lower back or compressed by a muscle, pain occurs. Hip pain increases while walking because as you walk, movement in the vertebrae or muscles irritates the pinched nerve even more.

Some of the conditions that increase hip pain while walking include:

  • Sciatica: This is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain usually starts in the lower back and radiates into the buttocks and to the side or front of the hip and thigh. Because sciatica is due to nerve inflammation, it can cause a variety of painful symptoms including numbness, tingling, and burning. The symptoms of sciatica can follow the path of the nerve down into the lower leg and foot. Hip pain in sciatica is often worse when the knee is straightened because this stretches the sciatic nerve. This makes walking painful, and makes it hard to stand up from a sitting position. Chiropractors can help relieve hip pain from sciatica.
  • Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle runs from the sacrum across the middle of the buttock area to the hip joint. The sciatic nerve exits the pelvis area in this same area, and if the piriformis becomes irritated, tense, or swollen, it can pinch or compress the nerve causing symptoms like sciatica. As the muscle moves with activities like walking, more inflammation occurs, increasing hip pain.
  • Bursitis of the hip: Hip pain due to bursitis is caused by inflammation in the tissues of the trochanteric bursa. The bursa is a small sac of fluid on the outer side of the hip joint. Its job is to protect the tendons and muscles as they slide over the hipbone, or trochanter. Movement of the hip joint, the tendons, and muscles increases inflammation of the bursa and leads to increased pain.

Hip pain while sitting

The same conditions that cause increased hip pain while walking can also make your hip more painful when you sit. This is especially true if you sit for prolonged periods.hip pain while sitting

The numbness, pain, and tingling of piriformis syndrome and sciatica are often intensified by sitting too long in one position, and muscles and tendons that become tight and tense due to inactivity are more likely to increase the pain of bursitis.

Other conditions that can lead to increased hip pain while sitting include:

  • Osteoarthritis: This condition causes pain and decreased mobility due to wear and tear damage to the hip joint. Arthritic pain and stiffness in the hip is usually worse after prolonged inactivity and feels better once the joint is moving, but as activity increases, so does the pain. 
  • Sacroiliac joint pain: The SI joint is located between the sacrum at the bottom of the spinal column and the pelvis. This joint is prone to injury and people who sit for extended periods are likely to have more hip pain here due to tight ligaments and muscles.
  • Overuse Injuries: These produce hip pain due to inflammation of tendons, muscles, or ligaments. They can be caused by a single strenuous event or by routine daily activities that over-stress the hip joint. Inflammation in the band of tissues called the iliotibial band can also cause hip pain. This band stretches from the pelvis down the outer thigh to the knee. Initially, resting overuse injuries is recommended, but in many cases, hip pain increases if activity is not gradually resumed.

Can a Chiropractor help with hip pain?

Many conditions that cause hip pain can be successfully treated by a chiropractor. This is because many times, hip pain originates in the spinal column and the nerves. A chiropractor has the education, experience, and equipment to determine chiropractic exercise and stretching for hip painwhether the pain is directly related to the hip joint, or is due to a pinched nerve or other conditions of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments.

Goals of chiropractic treatment for hip pain focus on decreasing inflammation and muscle spasms, strengthening your muscles, and improving joint mobility and stability.

Once the cause of the pain has been identified, a treatment plan can be personalized for you that may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments 
  • Exercise or physical therapy
  • Strengthening and stretching
  • Massage therapy 
  • Postural instruction or advice
  • Coordination with other healthcare professionals

Chiropractic Hip Adjustment in Redondo Beach

Chiropractic hip adjustments have helped relieve sciatica, symptoms of piriformis syndrome and pain related to SI joint dysfunction. Chiropractic hip alignment is beneficial for some people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip. In fact, in one study, over 80% of osteoarthritis patients had decreased pain and increased mobility after only nine visits, which included chiropractic hip alignment when appropriate.

To learn more about available treatments for hip pain that don’t involve the risks and high costs of surgery, contact us to request an appointment. Chiropractic for hip pain can give you relief and get you moving again sooner than you think!

Exercise for Lower Back Pain

Previously, we provided reasons about why exercise is important for lower back pain. Knowing that exercise is important is half the battle—the other half is doing the right exercises. Here are some exercises you can do at home to relieve lower back pain between chiropractic treatments.

Safe Exercise Tips

Exercising is sound advice for lower back pain in many cases, but not every type of exercise activity is helpful, and may even be harmful. To avoid injury, pay close attention to these important two facts related to exercises for lower back pain:

  1. Never work out through pain. If you experience more than mild discomfort while exercising or if any discomfort lasts longer than 10 minutes during activity, stop what you’re doing and notify your healthcare provider.
  2. Not all activities are appropriate for lower back pain. Some forms of exercise can make pain worse and can even lead to injury because of the amount of stress or “load” they place on the spinal discs and ligaments.

Even though Redondo Beach has much to offer when it comes to outdoor options for exercise, some people are more comfortable indoors. Many strengthening activities that focus on core muscle groups that support your spine can be done inside. These can be especially important for managing lower back pain. 

Simple Exercises for Lower Back Pain

It’s critical to know what types of movement are safe for your back and which ones are not. 

Modified Crunches to strengthen your lower back

One exercise people with lower back pain should avoid is “crunches.” Crunches place a tremendous amount of pressure on the structures of the lower spine. If you have lower back pain, you can strengthen your core abdominal and back muscles, and relieve pain safely by doing modified crunches instead.

Starting Position: Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpeted floor. Both of your legs are bent at the knees; the soles of your feet are flat on the floor.

  • Cross your arms, one over the other, on top of your chest.
  • Slowly take a deep breath in and tighten the muscles of your abdomen.
  • As you exhale, lift your shoulders off your mat or the floor
  • Be careful to keep your tailbone and low back on the floor, and avoid using your arms or elbows to lift your head and shoulders up.
  • Hold this position of tension for a count of 3 to 5 before returning to the starting position.
  • Rest briefly and repeat 8 to 10 times

Hamstring Stretch to ease lower back pain

Another exercise that can help strengthen your lower back muscles, as well as the strong supportive muscles of your legs, is the hamstring stretch. Try it every other day to ease pain and muscle spasms and to build core strength.

Starting Position: Sit on an exercise mat or on a carpeted floor. Both of your legs are extended out in front of you, toes pointing up. Keep your back straight.

  • Bend your right knee and let it fall to the side, bringing your right foot leg toward you, until the bottom of your right foot is against the inside of your left leg. Keep your left leg straight, toes pointing toward the ceiling.
  • Keeping your back straight, bend slowly forward from your waist.
  • Bring your chest toward your left knee. Be careful not to jerk or bounce.
  • You won’t need to bend far before you feel tension behind your knee, in the hamstring muscle. Stop stretching when you feel this tightness.
  • While slowly breathing in and out, hold the stretch at this point for a count of 10.
  • Slowly sit back and relax.
  • Repeat the stretch with the right leg.

Side Stretch to ease lower back painside stretch for lower back pain

When relieving lower back pain, it’s important to focus on all areas of teh lower back, including the sides of the back. Obliques, the muscles on the sides of the back, can hold tension and cause pain. Stretching these muscles can help ease lower back pain.

Strarting position: Sit on the floor with your legs crossed (see photo). 

  • Place your right hand on the floor behind you.
  • Reach your left arm up and over to the right.
  • Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat with the left hand down and the right arm up. 
  • Repeat 3 times on each side.

Knee to Chest Stretch to strengthen and ease lower back pain

Another exercise that will help stretch your back is a knee to chest exercise.

Strarting position: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Feet should be flat on the floor. 

  • Keeping one foot flat on the floor, bring one knee up to your chest.
  • If you can, hold the knee with your hands.
  • Press your lower back into the floor and hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Lower the knee and repeat with the other leg.
  • Repeat 3 times for each leg.

Lower back pain is sometimes caused by other serious medical conditions, so be sure to check with your chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, or physical therapist before beginning any new exercise or activity to make sure it’s safe and appropriate for you.

Chiropractic Treatment for Tension Headaches

If you often suffer from a tension headache, you might be surprised to learn that these are sometimes called “normal” headaches. What?! Pain is your head is not normal! Tension-type or stress headaches are common, though, which may be why words like ordinary, usual, and common are often used to describe them. Throughout the world, in both Western and Eastern populations, in developing and in well-developed countries, the prevalence of tension headaches is high. Researchers tell us that over 85% of women and 60% of men suffer a tension headache at least once a year, and up to 5% of the world’s population experience chronic tension headaches, which occur, on average, at least 15 times per month.

What are tension headaches?chiropractic treatment for tension headaches

Tension headaches are known as “primary headaches.” This means they are not caused by another medical problem. Even though they are often extremely painful, these headaches are not associated with diseases of the brain. Tension headaches are commonly mistaken for migraine headaches, but the two are different. 

The brain itself cannot feel pain. It receives information about pain located in the head and neck through the trigeminal nerve. Headache pain occurs when the ends of nerve fibers are “turned on” or react to triggers and send signals through the trigeminal nerve to the brain. The brain picks up these signals in the thalamus. The thalamus sends pain messages from all over the body, to other parts of the brain that control our awareness of pain and manage how we emotionally respond to it.

The exact cause of tension headaches has not been discovered, but certain factors seem to be associated with their development. These include:

  • Changes in the way nerves located in the head, neck, and shoulders interpret pain signals.
  • Changes in the way the brain translates the pain signals from the head, neck, and shoulders.
  • Tension in the shoulder and neck muscles may also play a significant role in the way these headaches develop.

Remedies for tension headaches

For many people, the most obvious treatment for a tension headache is a mild pain reliever, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. These drugs are available without a prescription and they are usually effective in the treatment of mild to moderate pain. If you are looking for a safe and effective remedy for tension headaches, keep these facts about over-the-counter pain medicines in mind:

  • Overusing these medications can result in “rebound” headaches.
  • The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen is not recommended for some people due to an increased risk of bleeding or gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Not all people should take acetaminophen due to the potential for liver damage.

Strategies other than medications for relieving painful symptoms include:

  • Chiropractic treatment. Upper cervical spinal adjustments may relieve tension in the neck that causes headaches.
  • Rest. Taking a break to lie down and simply relax in a quiet, dark room can sometimes relieve the tension that caused your headache.  
  • Mild heat. Warm moist packs to your shoulders and neck can help muscles relax and increase blood flow to the brain. If your headache is not accompanied by dizziness, try soaking in a warm bath, or take a hot shower.
  • Cold packs. Coldcompresses are sometimes more soothing than heat. Wrap an ice pack or a package of frozen vegetables in a thin towel and place it on your shoulders or behind your neck.This can be especially helpful following an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment.

Can a chiropractor help with tension headaches?

The goals of chiropractic treatment for chronic tension headaches focus not only on relieving pain when it occurs but also on preventing pain from returning. Rresearch has shown that chiropractic treatment may not only help relieve tension headaches, the benefits chiropractor treatment tension headache redondo beachof treatment last longer than traditional treatment using medication. 

This is especially true related to tension headaches that start in the neck. Upper cervical chiropractic adjustments can provide lasting benefits, rather than prescribing a short-term remedy that only covers up the underlying problem. 

Chiropractic treatment for tension headaches typically begins with your doctor determining the location of cervical vertebrae that are misaligned. Upper cervical chiropractic adjustment involves the application of very gentle pressure.

Upper cervical chiropractic adjustment helps tension headaches by:

  • Re-establishing alignment, especially of the upper cervical region
  • Increasing movement and mobility in your neck and shoulder region
  • Decreasing inflammation that can lead to chronic tension headaches
  • Decreasing muscle spasms often caused by cervical misalignment

Chronic tension headache treatment

Preventative chiropractic treatment for tension headaches can help keep them from returning. 

Your chiropractor will work with you to plan treatment to:

  • Correct your posture
  • Makes postural adjustments as needed
  • Includes a program to strengthen your cervical muscles
  • Performs upper cervical chiropractic adjustments when needed
  • Addresses potential trigger points in muscle fascia that may be contributing to chronic tension headaches

Preventing tension headaches

Your body is made up of a complex system of bones, muscles, and nerves. When your cervical vertebrae are in alignment and your muscles are strong to support them, your blood flow improves, your nerves stay healthy, and pain and inflammation decrease. Tension headaches are not normal, and you don’t have to live with them.

With your chiropractor’s help, you find a new normal way to live! If you suffer from chronic or frequent tension headaches, contact your chiropractor to schedule an appointment to set up a treatment plan for preventing tension headaches and living a pain-free, drug-free life! ​

Why Exercise is Important for Lower Back Pain

When you have lower back pain, the last thing you might expect your chiropractor to advise is exercise. But moderate exercise is very important for relieving and preventing lower back pain. 

Exercise helps build up the core muscles in the body that support the spine. If the muscles surrounding the spine are strong, the spine will be more flexible and less prone to pain. Exercise also helps increase flexibility in the body through both the muscles and the spine. In fact, a lack of movement or flexibility in the spine is often the worst thing for lower back pain. Exercise helps to lubricate the discs of the spine so that your body can bend and move easily and painlessly.

Is it safe to exercise with lower back pain?walking lower back pain

Muscle Pain

When pain is due to a muscle strain, like stretching too far or lifting too much weight, resting for a few days to let the inflammation subside is often a good idea. But extended rest can result in muscle weakness and join inflexbility leading to even more pain and other possible complications.

In most cases of muscle strain, usual activities should be resumed within 24 to 48 hours following injury, and movement typically relieves pain and muscle spasms. If you’re in a lot of pain, physical therapy or massage may be a good option for muscle strain.

Spinal Pain

Conditions other than muscle injuries can lead to lower back pain. These conditions are often the reason patients seek chiropractic treatment. If you’re suffering from lower back pain due to these conditions, then exercise, rather than rest, in addition to chiropractic treatment can help relieve pain. Exercise in this case, helps increase spinal mobility and strengthens the muscles around the spine.

Your chiropractor or naturopathic doctor may recommend core-strengthening exercises, in addition to chiropractic adjustment, for conditions like:

  •          Osteoarthritis
  •          Degenerative disc disease
  •          Herniated discs
  •          Fibromyalgia
  •          Piriformis Syndrome
  •          Lumbar lordosis

If your physical therapist or chiropractor has recommended exercise for your lower back pain, but it’s hard to get motivated, try looking outside the gym or fitness club. Some of the best exercise doesn’t feel like exercise at all!

Back-friendly exercise in Redondo Beachexercise lower back pain walk on beach

For Redondo Beach locals, there are plenty of exercise, pilates, and yoga studios where you can take classes that are good for strengthening your core and easing lower back pain, in addition to chiropractic treatment.

When the weather is nice, as it is most of the year, check out these outdoor exercise options:

  •          Biking: Bike along the Strand in Redondo Beach. Points of interest include the harbor, the Redondo Beach Esplanade, Torrance Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even bike to Venice Beach or Santa Monica.
  •          Hiking or walking: In additon to biking, you can also walk along the Strand and the Redondo Beach Boardwalk or check out the Hopkins Wilderness Park for hiking. 
  •          Beach Yoga: Yoga has long been known to relieve lower back pain and muscle spasms. Beach yoga classes are offered in Redondo Beach and the surrounding areas.
  •          Swimming or surfing: Exercising in the water is safe for almost all back pain sufferers. It can relieve your lower back pain while improving your cardiovascular system.  

Lower back pain is sometimes caused by other serious medical conditions, so be sure to check with your chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, or physical therapist before beginning any new exercise or activity to make sure it’s safe and appropriate for you.

What is Holistic Chiropractic Treatment?

Holistic chiropractic treatment is a whole body approach to chiropractic treatment, including naturopathic medicine, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Many healing practices like acupuncture have been used to treat illness and pain for centuries. Holistic chiropractic care combines the healing wisdom of the past with today’s scientific knowledge, technology, and techniques to provide you with whole-body healing and the promotion of wellness.

Holistic Chiropractor in Redondo Beach

Chiropractic care is no longer only for those who have been injured. Holistic chiropractic treatment offers hope for many health conditions with verifiable health benefits. Our professional practitioners provide chiropractic acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic massage therapy. We also provide naturopathic medical treatment.

Chiropractic Physical Therapy

Chiropractic physical therapy provides the benefits of both traditional chiropractic adjustments and care and physical therapy. It focuses on restoring function while decreasing pain and reducing the risk of further injury.chiropractic physical therapy redondo beach

Chiropractic physical therapy treatments are based on each individual’s needs and include:

  • Moist heat or cold pack applications
  • Ice massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Decompression or traction therapies

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

This treatment combines the benefits of scientific chiropractic medicine with deep relaxation to provide a holistic approach to healing. Deep tissue massage allows adjustments to be fully performed by the practitioner. When the muscles of the neck, back, and torso are constantly tense, pain, spasms, and injuries are more likely to occur. Chiropractic massage enables these muscles to relax so that chiropractic adjustments can be performed, increasing spinal movement and flexibility.

Chiropractic massage therapy can help with:

  • Cramping
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Disruptions in patterns of sleep

During chiropractic massage therapy, when muscles are stretched and relieved of tightness, lymphatic circulation is enhanced. The lymph system assists the body in the elimination of metabolic waste. Improved lymph flow strengthens immune system function. Patients have reported better sleep, stress reduction, and improved mental clarity following regular treatments.

Chiropractic Acupuncture

The use of chiropractic acupuncture to treat many painful conditions has been well-documented. It has been shown to be successful in treating not only disorders of the muscles but conditions of many other body systems as well.

Acupuncture is effectively used to treat many conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Gingivitis
  • Irritable bowel and colitis

Holistic chiropractors are specially trained in acupuncture. They combine the technique with the traditional practices of spinal adjustments to promote healing and wellness using chiropractic acupuncture.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors are physicians who receive the same basic science education and training as medical doctors. While using Western medical sciences as the foundation for diagnosis and treatment, most naturopathic physicians place a strong emphasis on the promotion of health and disease prevention.naturopathic medicine redondo beach

In addition to a standard medical program of study, naturopathic doctors may also be trained in:

One of the most important characteristics of naturopathic medicine is that it promotes healing by identifying and removing barriers to health. 

Is holistic chiropractic care right for you?

The various therapies offered by your holistic chiropractor can help decrease spinal pressure, relax muscular tension, and improve blood flow throughout your body. Improved circulation increases the immune system’s efficiency.  Holistic chiropractic treatment benefits all types of people including athletes, pregnant women, alternative medicine patients, and elderly patients.

Are you an athlete? Consider the benefit of chiropractic massage on increasing performance and endurance. Deep tissue massage releases trigger points and reduces toxicity. Achieving improved alignment and structural support through the torso has helped many athletes enhance their level of fitness, as well as reduced their risk of injury.

Young women, pregnant women, and women with hormonal issues can also benefit from holistic chiropractic. If you have irregular or occasional cramping, PMS, or bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, acupuncture or massage may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

pregnancy chiropractor redondo beach

Chiropractic is no longer only for those who have been injured. Holistic treatments offer hope for many health conditions with verifiable health benefits. People who suffer from conditions ranging in severity from a mild allergy to debilitating pain or chronic illness can benefit from chiropractic treatment.

You don’t have to suffer from minor annoyances or major, life-disrupting symptoms. Call and scheduled an appointment with one of our holistic chiropractors today.