Hip Pain in Women Runners | The Q Factor

Women runners often come into my office complaining of pain in the hip joint, specifically the acetabulum. (the cup shaped socket of the hip joint) posterior (behind). This is often due to a medial angle of the femur bone while running, also know as a “medial glide of the femur”.

A woman has wider hips than a man. The angle that exits between the hips and knees is referred to as, “The Q Line”. If you can imagine running every step, with the knees closer together than the hips are… you can see the dilemma where gate is concerned. The tendons and muscles in the glute are too LONG. The more the mileage and the wider the hips, the more likely posterior hip pain will develop.
Ways to solve this problem, or at least get the hip joint back to it’s happy place:

  1. Use the thigh abduction machine, and with light weights, target the problem hip. Light weight, high reps.
  2. Make sure you have good arch support in your running shoes. A shallow or collapsed arch with out support will cause the femur to glide even deeper midline of the body (medial) and pull the tendons and muscles of the glute even further out of place (long.)
  3. Refrain from crossing your leg like your Mother taught you. The same leg that you are experiencing hip pain. Crossing the femur to the other side of your body, further stretches tissues out of place. Try to sit with your feet flat on the ground if you can.
  4. DONT get in there (posterior joint at hip) with a hard ball and rub things around. For the most part, this will just aggravate things.
  5. You want to shorten the area and make it stronger. Kinesiology tape can help. Any questions? Feel free to comment or message me. I’ll do my best to help.

Cheers and happy runs!

Am I a Dallas Cowboys Fan?

Most of my clients know that I have been involved with the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in Oxnard since 2005. It has been one of the driving forces in my career as a Sports Massage Specialists (well, that and my own athletic background). Working with those highly tuned athletes and being part of the pre-season games kind of makes my blood boil. There is a certain radical energy, being in a room with these guys right after a game that makes you feel exhilarated. And doing their bodywork puts you right on the field with them energetically. What a rush!  It is a magical and interesting chain of events that brought me to that first gig in 2005. That is another story. This story is to answer the  question, “Are you a Dallas Fan?”. (I am asked this question daily during football season.) I always say, “You won’t believe this, but I have always been a Dallas Cowboys Fan.”, and here’s why; The first time I really sat down and paid attention to a professional football game was in the 70’s. I must have been 9 or 10. I had noticed the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders first. They were these beautiful women in blue and white short-shorts with silver pom-poms. They were getting a lot of camera attention, with their flirting eyes and perfect white teeth. I had always been a fan of Barbie, so this seemed like real life Barbie World action to me. (Some feminists might scold me, and that’s fine. I was a girly girl, no regrets.) I watched the whole game, waiting to see more of those dancing pom-pom wheeling long legged Cheeranistas. That is my first memory of “rooting” for any NFL team. Soon there after, I asked my Dear sewing savvy Mom to drive me to the TG&Y in Ojai where I bought several yards of blue and white polyester fabric. She sewed 5 little paneled skirts. I showed up at Oak View Elementary School looking for cheerleader to be on My Team. Oh… I also made blue and white pom-poms using tissue paper. (What a mess those were!) And to the little girls that I didn’t pick… I so apologize. Ten year old girls can be terribly insensitive. So, that was the beginning of my relationship with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. I remember as a kid, those big guys seemed to look so old. Now they look so young. As a professional therapist, I have never asked for an autograph or acted like a fan. It’s 100%  therapeutic clinical work. Nothing more. I do root for the Boys. They  really are “My Team” now. Yes, I did cry when the refs called Demarco’s catch incomplete. And yes, I did become a “real cheerleader” in high school.

ROAD TRIP! Traveling to Dallas at the End of the Month

It should be an educational and exciting adventure. I’ll post some photos and tell you all about the Dallas Cowboys ATnT Stadium, otherwise known as “Jerry’s World”. It should be a lot of fun. I’m hoping to convince Daniel Cooper, the team’s MD of the last 30 years to co-write the upcoming book with me. I need to have a Sports Orthopedist as a consultant, and on the cover credits. Dr. Cooper has been on my massage table and experienced my trigger point work, so let’s hope he comes on board. If not, I have another contact. Dr. Cooper is my first choice though. Dear Patients and Clients: Please send good energy to Dallas!