Not so Hip, to Hip!
So You have bad X-Rays?
Hip joint difficulty can be confusing for people because there are many causes and many diagnoses made – believe me I’ve been there!
Because it is a large ball and socket joint, it is involved in movement in every direction. Many of the biggest muscles in the body produce movement through it and give us to the power in what we do.
That power produced needs the steering and directing through the deeper little muscles. All this action is coordinated with the muscles of he pelvic floor, the muscles of the core, abdomen, the diaphragm and the back. Well…pretty much everything! Inco-ordination and mis-timing result in ongoing wear and tear….
Besides the local muscles, how hard you hold your belly and chest and how you breathe, have a significant effect on quality of hip movement; or straining, stiffness and awkwardness.
Any glitches in how all these components combine to produce movement, reduces power and the fluid transmission of power from your legs to the rest of your body, and vice versa.
When the hip is organised to work in harmony with the ankle, the vertebrae and the ribs and the balance function of the neck and eyes, there is pleasurable easy movement. Power and effortless action in effortless running, walking, dancing, golfing, tennis, throwing, lifting and so on.
As your foot and ankle adjust to the ground, your hip has to be organised to produce the drive in just the right direction; but with a mismatch the effort just goes into the hip itself or overloads the adjacent muscles and tissues and aggravates pain and inflammation.
Excessive muscle action shortens your system, increases friction and decreases leveraging power; you’ll have guarding, favouring and limping. With repeated effort this causes wear and tear, seen as arthritis on many X-rays, after years of miscoordination.
Recognising and redistributing effort can and does restore flow, ease and power; so that a painful limp can almost magically disappear, in a shorter time then you think. It’s a case of work smarter not harder.