We've all been told things along the way with varying degrees of truth... Whether you're at the office or at the gym, here are 5 of the most important things you need to know about your hips!
1. HIPS ARE HIGHLY MOBILE!
The hip is a ball and socket joint which allows it to move many directions. You need proper hip mobility for whatever activity you are doing. Imagine the different hip mobility to you to go rock climbing versus walking. That doesn’t make one activity better than another, you just need to be sure that you have proper hip mobility for the activities you want to do.
2. TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HIP!
The muscles around your hip provide a lot of stability. In addition to having mobility, you need to be able to control it. In the rock climbing example, imagine that your hip mobility is appropriate to get into the position you need to get to, but you have no strength to push yourself out of that position. That is not helpful, and your body will compensate and find other ways to move leading to potential problems in the areas of compensation.
3. THE HIP IS THE LEG PUPPETEER!
The hip is like the puppeteer for the lower body. Your hip joint and muscles determine where your feet go when you walk. If you turn your hip out, your foot points out and vice versa. By learning to control your hip(see point 2), you can prevent a lot of issues happening down the leg, especially to the knee.
4. GLUTES ARE THE POWERHOUSE
The gluteal muscle group is large and powerful for a reason. Glutes are supposed to be an important part of nearly every weight bearing movement pattern we do throughout the day. Your glutes need to be strong enough to control the activities you do on a daily basis. Without proper glute strength, people find compensatory movement patterns, and thus irritate other smaller hip muscles that can't take the strain.
5. TROUBLE BALANCING ON ONE FOOT?
Try standing on one foot with keeping the hip of the leg you’re standing on relaxed. Hard to do without leaning way to the side right? The glutes of the hip you’re standing on work with the muscles on the opposite side of your body to keep you upright.
At this point you're probably thinking, "well, what do I do about it?" Luckily, we can help! Stay tuned to your email for helpful tips to take care of your hip pain or check out our blog for more in depth information.