The nagging pains associated with hip problems impact people’s lives in different ways on a daily basis. Most of the time, hip pain negatively impacts their lives. It stops people from living their lives the way that they want to live them. It’s sad, but true. The worst part is that people use their pain as an excuse for not doing things to correct the problem.
It does not have to be this way though. All it takes to combat any problem in life is making a conscious decision to fight back, and then taking the appropriate action. Most hip, knee, back, and should injuries are preventable. If you know how they can be prevented, you just have to put your knowledge to use.
I am going to go over three reasons that people have problems with hip pain and point out what can be done to prevent or correct the problems.
Ready? Here we go…
Reason 1: Muscle Weakness
You and I both know that most people do not lift heavy things on a consistent basis. Taking a look at the people walking in and out of your local supermarket makes this apparent.
People who are not strong are more likely to have hip injuries because their bodies are unable to maintain correct mechanics. This places excessive forces on other parts of their body and results in injuries.
If people do not lift heavy things regularly, they also tend to have muscle imbalances which also encourage injuries.
Solution: Pick up heavy things using correct technique on a consistent basis. It will not only prevent hip pain, it will also help prevent a lot of other problems.
Reason 2: Poor Mobility
Your mobility is pretty much your body’s ability to move around. Things that would inhibit your mobility include range of motion problems, soft tissue tightness, and joint rotation problems.
The number one thing that negatively affects hip mobility, believe it or not, is the conventional chair. Your body was not designed to sit in a chair.
When you sit in a chair, your legs remain in a position where your hip flexors shorten, your glutes relax, and your pelvis tilts anteriorly.
You then maintain this position for long periods of time, day after day.
It all adds up, and BAM! You have problems with your hips.
Solution: Spend time doing dynamic and static stretches several days a week. Also try doing some joint rotation work and possibly some self-myofascial release.
Reason 3: Ugly Body Mechanics
It is not a good idea to run like a duck, slouch forward when you sit in a chair, or lift with your back rounded. These things will all lead to injuries.
A lot of the time poor body mechanics are the result of muscle weakness, muscle imbalances, or poor mobility. There are times, however, where they are solely caused by laziness or lack of knowledge.
So, make sure to pay attention to the way you move. When you pick up heavy things, maintain a neutral spine. When you run or walk, keep your toes pointed forward. When you sit in a chair, sit up straight without rolling your shoulders forward.
Solution: Consciously make note of the ways in which you move your body. If you notice that you are moving incorrectly, consistently make an effort to move correctly.
Now that you have the knowledge, do not forget to implement it. Also, remember to go out and pick up something heavy today. If you do it right, you will thank yourself for it tomorrow.
About the Author: Dave Lyons is a competitive athlete and trainer. He currently writes about the causes, treatment, and symptoms of hip pain.