So You Strained Your Groin – Now What?

Man with groin strain

Have you seen the movie Bloodsport? If you haven’t, let me put it this way: it’s the best cheesy ’80s kickboxing movie of all time – one that I’d highly recommend (if you’re into that sort of thing). There’s a famous scene in the movie where Jean Claude Van Damme is doing the splits while meditating. But doing the splits the normal way isn’t enough for Van Damme – he does them with each foot resting on chairs, with nothing supporting his body in between. Whenever I think of a groin strain I picture this scene.

Although you or I won’t ever be able to match Van Damme’s groin strength (unless you happened to be an elite gymnast), we can strive to improve ours – and we should because, as it turns out, strengthening not only helps you recover from groin strains, but it can also help prevent them.

Piriformis Syndrome Can Be A Pain in the Butt

…But There Are Steps You Can Take To Treat It

Woman with Piriformis Syndrome

Can’t get comfortable while sitting? Can’t sleep on your side? Have radiating pain down the back of your leg? If what you’re going through is a literal pain in the butt, you may be experiencing symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome.

Piriformis Syndrome is a controversial diagnosis because there are several other impairments that can lead to similar symptoms.

With that said, let’s discuss what Piriformis Syndrome is, what are potential causes, and most importantly, what you can do to improve…

The Truth About Hip Labrum Tears

Plus: How to Strengthen Your Hips for Treatment and Prevention

Runner With Hip Labrum Tear

Surprisingly, there’s not much knowledge in the general public about hip labrum tears – what causes them and how they can best be managed. I’d venture to say most people don’t even know what a labrum is. Maybe this lack of awareness exists because labral tears aren’t that common – this is what I used to think. Then I looked into it and what I found shocked me. I learned that they are, in fact, incredibly common in people with hip or groin pain.

Because they’re so common, it’s important to understand the difference between what’s normal, and what needs treatment.  We will also look at how to best treat hip labrum tears and also how to potentially prevent them…

3 Tips To Improve Your Hip Mobility

Treating Hip Osteoarthritis with Exercise

Hip Mobility Exercise

Trouble getting out of a chair? Trouble pivoting? Walking? How about lifting your leg on and off the bed? In and out of the car? Mobility in your hips is vitally important for many everyday tasks. Your hips are the connection point of your leg to the rest of your body. Therefore, any lack of mobility in this joint can greatly affect how you function.

Let’s talk about what causes limited hip mobility and, more importantly, what you can do to improve it…

Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy

Steps You Can Take To Improve

Pregnant woman with pelvic girdle pain

You’ve probably read all the books about what to expect when during and after pregnancy. You knew in advance the changes your body would go through – the morning sickness, and the labor process. It’s likely you were even made aware of the potential for lower back pain during this 9-month journey. But no one warned you about the pelvic girdle pain you’re having.

What can you do for pelvic girdle pain? Is it safe to treat during pregnancy or soon afterward? When will it go away?

Let’s address these questions, starting with some good news: there are things you can do to help.

4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

So You Can Get Back to the Things You Want to Do

Girl with chronic low back pain

Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.

The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:

  1. Understanding pain
  2. Exercising
  3. Sleeping well
  4. Setting positive goals

Let’s get started…

Low Back Pain: How To Turn Down the Volume

How Overcoming Fear & Anxiety Can Improve Your Function

Low Back Pain Volume Knob

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in adults – 84% of people will experience low back pain at some point1. Without a doubt, you’ve tried at least one method to help relieve your low back pain – chiropractic, massage, ointments, opioids, braces, ice, heat, maybe even surgery. As time goes on and your pain continues, it’s understandable that you get discouraged. You may become worried that your low back pain might not improve.

I understand your concern.

This article is for you…

3 Things You Should Know About Disc Related Leg Pain

Low Back Pain With Referred Leg Pain

Man With Disc Related Leg Pain

Your doctor tells you you’ve got a bulging disc. Is this what’s causing your low back and leg pain? What does it all mean? Will it get better or worse? Will you need surgery or will conservative treatment be able to help?

Although the diagnosis of a bulging disc sounds scary, there are 3 things you should know about bulging discs that will, hopefully, relieve some of your anxieties and point you in a positive direction toward better function…

Top 5 Exercises For Spinal Stenosis [Videos]

Low Back Pain with Radiating Pain in the Legs

Man with spinal stenosis

Has your low back been bothering you in recent weeks, months, even years? Do you have pain in your legs when you stand or walk? Maybe you’ve found yourself leaning forward to rest your arms on the grocery cart at the market. How about long outings where you know you’ll be stuck on your feet – been avoiding them? These are all signs that you may be experiencing Spinal Stenosis.

Let’s talk about what Spinal Stenosis is, what the outcomes look like, and five exercises you can start doing now to get moving in the right direction…

[Exercise Videos] Core Strengthening for Low Back Pain

core strengthening for low back pain

You’ve heard that core strengthening may be an option to help alleviate and even prevent low back pain – so what, you wonder, are the right core exercises for you? You’ve heard sit-ups can damage your back, crunches are old news, the newest ab machines advertised on QVC are just gimmicks, and now you’re just confused…

Let’s demystify the concept of core strengthening once and for all. Let’s talk about why core strengthening is important, how certain core muscles help give you support, and cover some key exercises that can begin to progress you in the right direction toward strengthening your core the right way…