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About 20 years ago I injured a hip flexor. It had been mostly stable, and responded well to massage. Now I have a new job driving a bus, and it is really acting up again. I plan on seeing a massage therapist again. What kind of treatment should I ask for?
Also, accupuncture helped the pain in my knee from another injury. Would that help my back? Thanks!

Dear Susan,

Sounds like your hip flexor problem is being aggravated by tightness caused from sitting too long. Stretches may help. Stand in a lunge position with problem leg behind the other. Bend front leg and lean forward. You should feel a stretch, but not pain, in your hip. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Always stretch both hips. Try this several times per day.

Massage is a great tool to help keep pain issues at bay. However, a standard Swedish massage, though can help with stress issues, may not be the answer you are looking for.  You should try to seek out a massage therapist qualified in stretching techniques, specifically myofascial methods and trigger point therapy (acupressure) to help manage tightness and specific areas of pain.

Accupuncture is not my forte, however, it is a great wholistic alternative treatment option to balance the body and deal with specific points of pain. However, if you are seeking a non-invasive alternative, acupressure massage may be your best bet.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me again if you have more questions.

Sandee Koehler  


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Sandee Koehler


As a physical therapist assistant, certified massage therapist and previous owner of a medical massage business specializing in pain/stress management, injury rehab and general mobility/improving gait, I am comfortable in answering questions re: massage therapy techniques and advice on Swedish massage, therapeutic touch, neuromuscular/trigger point/deep tissue massage, sports/injury rehab, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, and specific massage techniques to include cancer, infant, headaches and chronic disorders. Also comfortable with basic stretching, range of motion exercises and general strengthening, and advise for massage therapy practice.


Fifteen year career as a physical therapy assistant Ten years as a certified massage therapist Three years as a medical massage business owner Four years as a health freelance writer


Living Without magazine Advance for the PT & PTA Orthopedics Today She Knows network

A.A.S. in Applied Science as a Physical Therapy Assistant Certification as a Massage Therapist Continuing Education in Myofascial and Craniosacral techniques, aromatherapy, reflexology and neuromuscular

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