I’m the repetitive strain injury moderator for AllExperts.com and today I had a message that really got me annoyed because the woman has been given such a runaround.
The woman told me that she has severe pain in her quads, that has spread to her ITB, knee, and hamstrings. All of these problems are typical symptoms for a pelvis rotation that is caused by tight iliopsoas, quadriceps, and quadratus lumborum (QL for short) muscles. I know I’ve mentioned these muscles in previous posts, but it’s worthwhile to bring it up again.
As your quads get tight, for example from cycling or climbing stairs, it pulls down on your pelvis, rotating it forward and down and causing a long list of problems. The woman said that her doctor told her to work out on a stationary bicycle, with her seat up high so her legs as straight as possible. This will totally contract her quadriceps, causing yet more of a strain on her knees and pelvis rotation! It’s just the opposite of what she needs to be doing — she needs to be releasing the tension in the muscles, not contracting them further.
I could go on and on, but I’m sure you can read between the lines at the frustration that a doctor wouldn’t think about how the muscles are pulling on her pelvis and causing her quads to go into spasm.
I’m waiting for her to come back and tell me how she’s doing after she learns how to self-treat all of the muscles that rotate her pelvis. I’ll let you know how it goes, but I expect her to get much better, and quickly.
Have a great day,