Do you have unresolved low back pain?
Have you done all the traditional therapies (massage, chiropractic, PT, acupuncture or more) and the pain won't go away?
One of the main causes of Low Back Pain can be directly attributed to Hip Joint Disparity
Hip Joint Disparity (or imbalance of alignment in the hip joints) occurs when the powerful hip flexors of the body, the iliopsoas muscle(s) (made up of the Iliacus and Psoas Major) experience imbalance in their muscle-length-tension relationship.
The primary hip flexors (Iliopsoas) can be a difficult muscle group to rehabilitate. Many times health care practitioners will attempt to resolve chronic low back pain and problems with hip mobility by symptomatically addressing the therapy protocol.
If you are suffering from chronic low back pain,
what does hip joint disparity mean to you?
You can temporarily alleviate/soothe the pain in the low back and hip by applying heat, ice, massage, chiropractic adjustments and worse case scenario surgery, BUT if your therapy DOES NOT address the underlying ROOT CAUSE of the problem (the muscular imbalances that allow bones to move out of place and create dysfunctional movement patterns within the body), or the reason why the pain is present, you can be assured that the old familiar back and hip pain will return.
At Pain Free Posture MN we believe that the body must be balanced front to back and side to side according to our human “blue-print design”.
When chronic pain appears, there are imbalances in the muscles that act on our joints, pelvis and spine. When the load joints (ankles, knees, hips and shoulders) experience a muscular imbalance allowing them to change position and move out of their correct function, pain will follow.
The hip joints, located where the thigh bone (femur) inserts into the pelvis is a very mobile and yet very stable joint. Encapsulated front to back and side to side by the gluteals, hamstrings, adductors, quadriceps, low back and abdominals, and most importantly, the hip flexors (Iliopsoas).
Now imagine an imbalance in the hip joints.
Just as an example, visualize that you have one hip joint sitting higher than another, rotating on it’s center axis and and pulling the pelvic girdle into a strong forward downward tipped position. Unfortunately, this is all too common in the clients that I work with day-in and day-out.
My job as a Certified Posture Alignment Specialist is to educate my clients on how pain is related to posture.
In the image to the left, you can clearly see the connection between posture and pain.
You have two sets of muscles that encapsulate the hip doing two completely opposite things. One set of muscles is overly tight and engaged, the other overly long and weak. The body is imbalanced. Over time left in this condition, you can be sure injury and/or pain will result.
Now let’s take a deeper look at the Iliopsoas. Known as the “tenderloin” of the body, the powerful Iliopsoas should just flex the hip and then return to a normal muscle length-tension relationship once it has performed it’s function.
When the body is imbalanced muscularly, bones will move out of position and become unable to perform their unique and specific load bearing actions. With a disparity between the hips joints, you will have two hip flexor muscles doing two different things. One will be actively engaged in either a short and tight way, another passively under-stimulated in a long and weak way. The two muscles which should be performing the same way are now both over-used and under-active because the body is “just doing what you are asking it to do” with your faulty posture.
The following video explains why it's so important to properly address and eliminate hip disparity. Posture Alignment Therapy is so simple it's profound.
This powerful corrective exercise is a must for anyone who stuck in the chronic pain cycle.
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