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Hip Pain: How Osteopathy Can Help

Hip Pain: 7 Surprising Ways Osteopathy Can Help You Feel Better

Do you live in Ottawa and wonder whether Osteopathy can help your hip pain?

Then, you are in the right place.

Today I will outline the symptoms and causes of hip pain and how an osteopath may help.

Even better, I will give you tips on how to avoid hip pain.

Let’s jump in and look at the symptoms.

Symptoms of Hip Pain

  • Groin, buttock or inner thigh pain
  • Painful clicking in the groin
  • Increased pain on going upstairs, vacuuming, and or walking
  • A tightness behind your hip joints when stretching
  • Pain in any of the areas above during or since pregnancy


There are several reasons:

Weak or Unresponsive muscles

When muscles supporting the hip joint are weak or unresponsive such as the Gluteals, TFL, Q/L and Psoas, this can cause hip pain symptoms.

The muscles may be unresponsive because:

  1. Structural Issues: The hip or lower back is misaligned.
  2. Physical changes to the joint: You may have osteoarthritic changes in the hip joint. You may have a labrum tear, the ligament which holds the hip joint ball in place.
  3. Nutritional Deficiencies: You may be deficient in B12, Iron or vitamin D.
  4. Current Stress: You are experiencing chronic stress, e.g. from a job you hate.
  5. Past Physical Trauma: You may have effects of unresolved past physical trauma to the hip joint, such as an impact injury from a fall.
  6. Past Emotional Trauma: You may have the effects of past unresolved emotional trauma, such as a loss.
  7. Inflammation: Your body may have chronic systemic inflammation, usually from your gut.
  8. Poor biomechanics: You may have poor biomechanics, especially in high-impact exercises such as running.

Referred pain

Pain can sometimes be referred to from the knee to the hip.

Five Tips to Avoid Hip Pain

  1. Avoid staying in the same position for too long
  2. Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk
  3. Do not sit at your desk for longer than 30 minutes.
  4. Try doing Yin Yoga, which concentrates on stretching.
  5. Walk for half an hour or more a day

7 Ways How Osteopathy can help hip pain

Using muscle response testing, Osteopaths can

  1. Identify and correct structural issues in the spine and joints.
  2. Identify nutrient deficiencies affecting the hip joint muscles.
  3. Determine whether chronic stress is affecting the hip joint muscles.
  4. Identify and correct a past physical trauma affecting the hip joint.
  5. Pinpoint whether a past emotional trauma is affecting the hip joint.
  6. Determine whether you have chronic systemic inflammation that an affecting the hip joint.
  7. Pinpoint and help correct poor biomechanics that affects the hip joint

Osteopaths can also determine whether osteoarthritis is at the root of your hip pain.

An X-ray will be required to diagnose correctly.

In such cases, an osteopath will refer you to your family physician.

Osteopaths can not cure or reverse the arthritic changes but can prevent further wear and tear by helping the muscles support the joint properly.

Now I would like to hear from you.

Do you have hip pain?

What helps relieve your symptoms?

Leave a comment below.

Do you need help?

If you live in Ottawa and want to explore whether my approach to Osteopathy can help your hip pain, I suggest you book a free osteopathy discovery session to discuss whether I can help you.


The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease. Please do not apply this information without first speaking with your doctor.

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