Hip Pain

When people come in with pain in or around their hip joint, I first of all ask them to show me exactly where it is located.
Pain in this region can be different for different people, but generally our patients will indicate the hip joint itself and/or the surrounding areas.
Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. It can be caused by a number of issues, ranging from joint pain and neurological issues to muscular problems.

The most common causes of hip pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain after hip replacement surgery
  • Pain emanating from the low back

Treatment with NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy

Many people who suffer from chronic hip pain or hip injuries struggle to find a long-term solution. NAOKI HATTORI Traditional Japanese Therapy offers a holistic method of treatment that incorporates principles from Traditional Japanese Acupuncture (TJA) and Rolfing® into a truly integrated system. The purpose of our integrated therapy is to provide the greatest possible therapeutic benefit to the patient.

The case of Madame V

A 55-year-old woman visited me for treatment, complaining of pain in her left hip that has lasted more than two years. Several years ago, her left hip joint was surgically replaced by a prosthesis and she also had an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy operation on her right knee. After these two operations, her primary hip and knee issues were resolved, but she has felt some difference in the joints compared to before the surgeries. In particular, she reported having pain in her left hip and instability in both joints again for a couple of years, joint especially after skiing of a long hike in the mountains.
Her specific symptoms included left hip pain, instability, right knee rigidity and stiffness in her lower back.

By palpating various energy nodes, I got a sense of stagnation at a specific point in her hip region. In my experience, stagnation at that point often indicates a dysfunction of the gall bladder meridian, when considered from the TJA point of view.

To treat this type of hip pain effectively, a direct approach to the deep part of the hip is essential. To do this in a painless or nearly painless way, we use specially shaped, ultra-fine needles made with exquisite Japanese craftmanship combined with gentle TJA techniques.

Using a combination of TJA and Rolfing, I devoted her initial sessions to releasing the tension and improving blood flow around her hip joint with needles, balancing the asymmetry I found in her functional compensatory patterns, and regulating the flow of energy along the meridian chain.

Madame V reported that her pain was reduced by about 60% in the first session and that after three sessions, her symptoms were in largely in remission. Since then, she continues to have regular treatments with me once every two months and has maintained good physical condition. She has finally been able to start enjoying mountain sport activities again.


Our integrated TJA and Rolfing approach doesn’t focus only on the symptom of pain; it also addresses the structural, functional and energetical balance that can be at the root of the problem.
This is a holistic method that helps to align the body and help it to function properly, allowing the patient to recover from chronic pain and injuries. In this way, prolonged pain can be eased and potential future injuries can be prevented.
If you suffer from hip pain but have been frustrated in your search for a safe and effective therapy for it, this might be a good time for you to consider our treatment system, based on Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.


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Chinese woodcut: Daoyin exercises, Brocade of the Dragon, 5 : Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)