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Adductor strain and trikonasana

Dominik2010-07-05 07:35:32 +0000 #1

About 3 years ago I strained my right adductor muscle(s) doing trikonasana. I rested the injury sufficiently, but ever since then I experience a sharp pain in my inner mid right thigh when I attempt to move my right hand lower than the mid thigh in this posture. There is no pain in most every day movements, only sometimes when I lean over to pick things up at odd angles. However, the range of motion in my right thigh/hip is limited relative to the left, and the inner right thigh feels very tight.

At the time of injury I was doing yoga only sporadically, without regular instruction. 1 year ago I started regular Iyengar practice, once weekly, with an excellent and certified teacher. At the same time the injury was diagnosed as a chronic adductor strain by a chiropractor and treated (chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue massage, and a form of laser treatment) for a period of several weeks, with little success. The muscles in my hips are apparently very tight in general.

My yoga teacher has attempted to provide me with various variations in trikonasana to help alleviate this issue, but the pain remains and is more acute for the 24h or so following practice. My teacher recommends sticking with it, and gradually the injury should resolve itself. However, I have not made any progress in trikonasana since starting regular practice (I had a much greater range in this posture prior to the acute injury). More importantly, I am now also beginning to experience pain in my lower/inner right thigh when doing parsvottanasana and virabhadrasana on the right side.

Long periods (ie, months prior to starting regular practice) of rest have not provided benefit: when I do trikonasana again, the pain returns straight away. Is there anything you can suggest? Should I avoid this posture altogether (maybe even along with the other standing postures that cause pain) for an extended period of time, while concentrating on others? If so, which ones would you especially recommend to help heal the adductor injury?

Sorry for the long post, but this is really starting to frustrate me, and any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you,


InnerAthlete2010-07-05 07:47:26 +0000 #2
Please outline your current diet and lifestyle. Please provide rudimentary profile information including your age, gender, size, and weight.

Please outline the modification for trikonasana that have been employed without remedy.

Please outline your meditaation and pranayama practice if any.

Given such additional information I'll take a crack at pointing you properly.



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