Here is my most recent example. I told you I get massages on a regular basis as part of my personal wellness program. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone manages to flow through life without the stress releasing, muscle relaxing, body detoxing benefits of massage. I had a period last summer when I skipped several weeks. During this time I got subtle discomfort deep in my hip. At first it was annoying then the discomfort got painful, within a few days it started to keep me up at night.
My lifestyle focuses on wellness, I am perusing an anti-inflammatory diet, I exercise daily, I enjoy supplementsthanks to the Co-op, and I practice meditation and prayer every day.
What could the cause for this pain possibly be. It came on all of a sudden, from one day to the next something was wrong and I couldn’t imagine what I had done to be this uncomfortable. If I was up and moving I didn’t have any trouble but when I laid in bed, oh my. I had peace for the first hour or two and then the throbbing would start and I would be up and unhappy. After a couple of weeks of this I was starting to get grouchy, which is very unusual for me.
I cut back on my yoga practice, omitted hip openers, started taking Epsom salts baths which were a little help, and I took a couple of aspirin which was surprisingly helpful.
After almost three weeks I got back on schedule with my massage therapist. I told her what was going on and within a few minutes she said, “Its the tension in your shoulders.” “No Theresa I said my hips were bothering me.” She said, “Yes, I heard you.”
Theresa worked on my shoulders for quite a long time. When we were done she told me to drink plenty of fluids and she showed me some self-massage techniques for my shoulders that I should do for the next few days.
I have not had any more hip pain.
If you are closer to 60 than 50 you may remember a song about the leg bone being connected to the hip bone. Muscles are connected too and sometimes the muscles get tight and “forget” to relax. Massage is a wonderful way to help muscles “remember” to release.
My wonderful mother has been telling me for decades, “Getting old is not for sissies!” Ah the lessons.