http://bit.ly/2riqFi4 | This video demostrates how to do a pressure point release for the deep hip flexor, posts. There might be slight variations to this technique so if you have questions please contact us or view our website
So were at Body Works Sports Physiotherapy with Holly here who’s a high level Field Hockey player; she’s got some tightness in her hip flexors so we’re going to do some pressure point release with a pressure point ball in the front of her hip in the Psoas muscle or hip flexor muscle.
So Holly’s going to bring the ball down and bring it in front of her hip, just in front of her hip bone area, which will feel like when you put your hands onto your hip bone and you’ll find it pretty tender and tight spot there. In this position you want to be careful not to over arch the back so Holly’s come down and resting her forehead on her hands to take some stress off her lower back and just using pressure in the hip at the front to try to help it release. You might need to move around a little bit to find the right spot to be sure that you feel a tender spot that’s usually where it’s tight, it’s tender. In this case move away from any pulse feeling that you have there so be sure you’re not putting any pressure on an artery, pretty rare to do that but just to be safe and then once you’ve found that the pressure is releasing things do just a little bit of movement, in this position it’s a little awkward to do too much rolling on the ball but a little bit of movement forward and back just to try to get the muscle to let go and release.
And again you would do this probably for a minute or a minute and a half or two minutes depending on how long it takes you to have that muscle let go and relax a little bit, usually that would mean that it’s less tender when you’re rolling on it.
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