Free the Balls: Can tight fascia cause testicle pain?

Guest Post: Stefan Cox

Doc, I’m not exactly sure how to say this, but… my testicles are in a world of hurt. Sound familiar? Let’s hope not, especially for our ladies in the audience, but for men it’s not as uncommon as you might think. Nobody wants to talk about it, just like nobody wants to walk in to a doctor’s office for a physical and cough while someone you see once a year checks your unmentionables to make sure there’s no hernia. So let’s break a little taboo here.

Don’t be bashful:

Most men (myself included) experience testicle pain at some point, and it’s always good to make sure and rule out any potential issues that could be really serious. However, there are a lot of men who experience testicle pain that is simply a result of fascial adhesions in other areas of their bodies. Elisha has encountered this in her private practice before, but it’s highly unusual because most men are a little too bashful to come out and say it… but if you’ve been in pain long enough, that dignity starts to fade pretty fast. I don’t think we should be ashamed of this issue, and it’s usually a completely natural issue. Often testicle pain will manifest as a result of fascial adhesions or tension in the adductors. When Elisha did encounter this in her private practice, releasing the adductor had a massive impact on relieving testicle pain.

Other potential causes of testicle pain could be pain that originated in the sitz bones, and because that pain wasn’t properly addressed, it later resulted in testicle pain. No matter what the cause is, it’s not anything to be bashful about, and is a serious issue for plenty of men. I rarely have testicle pain, but getting my adductors released (although it can be intense) always helps me feel more mobile through the hips, testicles, and perineum and relieves tension and tightness in those areas. I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with testicle pain, or if you’re simply looking to gain mobility and relieve a little tension.

Taking care of the family jewels: 

So fellas, let’s make sure we’re taking care of our boys and giving them the attention and care they deserve, not just constant bragging and references to being well endowed. And ladies, thank your for bearing with us through this unusual post, and don’t forget that the adductors are often tied to female genitalia pain too. For anyone looking to eliminate genitalia pain or tension, check out is the adductor self-help release technique.

I’d love to hear more from you about your stories and experiences with the genitalia pain in relation to the adductors or other parts of the body. If you’ve been experiencing pain, were you able to eliminate it with the adductor release technique? If you have other pain that’s led to to testicle pain, what do you think the root cause was? How can we make this issue a little less taboo and get both men and women the help they need?

Please share this post if you want to contribute to the conversation, and don’t forget to #freetheballs. If you have comments or questions drop them below! And if you enjoyed this Q&A Monday and have a question that you’d like us to feature, please send your questions to stefancox@mobilitymastery.com so I can surprise Elisha with them :).

See ya next time,

Stefan

How to Relieve Medial Knee Pain, Low Back & SI Pain, Groin Pain + More

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This is one of the most overlooked and neglected areas of the body, and releasing the fascia here can bring a LOT of relief to a wide variety of aches and pains.

It’s tempting to single out the adductors as the main target for this stretch, and I did that in the video for simplification, but they’re not the only players here, and for issues like medial knee pain they aren’t even the main player.

This isn’t an overly complicated technique, but I do want to make sure you get the most out of it. So…

Let’s look at some anatomy first:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With this technique we’re targeting EVERYTHING in that inner thigh region, not just the adductors.

Looking at the above image you can see how connected ALL the thigh muscles are, and it’s not difficult to see how they could affect anything in the pelvic region. For low back pain specifically, we will be targeting the adductors with this technique, specifically the pieces of fascia way up high in the adductors where they meet the pelvis.

Releasing the fascia in this entire region can seriously relieve SI and ischeal tuberosity or sits bones pain, low back and hip pain, as well as everything downstream like knee pain and even plantar fasciitis, if your PF shows up more in the arch of the foot than heel.

Now let’s move on to addressing key issues.

If you have medial (inside) knee pain:

Keep in mind that there is usually a PATTERN present with ANY pain and it’s rarely isolated to a single muscle group.

There are quite a few causes of medial knee pain, but one of the most common contributors in EVERY pattern I’ve seen is congested fascia at the junction where several low inner thigh muscles connect.

There are many reasons this area can get tight or knotted up, and for any solution to be truly lasting we would need to discover the root cause and address THAT, not just this one area. Since I can’t work on you myself to discover what that root cause is, this is my best attempt to help you get relief as quickly as possible.

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