Our hips, they are such a central part of our body and are made up of 17 different muscles, all of which contribute to our overall balance, stability, and range of motion to do every day, repetitive tasks and movements. It is a major joint that is weight bearing and, like our shoulders, are a ball-in-socket joint, allowing a wide range of motions; moving your legs forward, backward, out to the side, back in toward your body, and rotating the legs both clockwise and counter clockwise (medial and lateral). It also allows you to bend forward and backwards at the waist. When our hips are not functioning at their best, we not only feel it, but have traveling side effects throughout the rest of our body, both upper and lower body.
Here are some common side effects to poor hip functions:
If you currently do not have any hip pain or limited range of motion, it does not mean that you will not be affected by it in the future. Hip and knee replacements are all too common in many people’s lives as they get older, as is arthritis or bursitis of the hips and knees. To help keep your hips healthy and to reduce the odds of having any major hip or knee issues, take action now to maintain healthy hips.
Here are some tips for healthy hips:
Need some guidance on some stretches and exercise to do for healthy hips? Check these two links to get some ideas on what you can do to stretch, strengthen and increase your mobility:
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.