We use our hips for: Walking, Running, Climbing, Bending, Lunging…in a word….MOBILITY. The hips are the 2nd largest weight bearing joint in the body, the knee being #1. Due to their ball and socket design, they are capable of moving the femur, the longest bone in the body, in six different ways: up & back, in & out, rotating externally & internally.
If you have ever experienced low back pain, knee pain, sciatic pain, ankle pain, even shoulder and neck pain, there is a very good chance the hips are involved. There are 5 muscle groups all working together to provide your body with stability, keeping you upright, and giving you range of motion.
- Glutes – the butt muscles
- Quadriceps – front & side of the thighs
- Psoas – better know as the hip flexors
- Hamstrings – back of the thighs
- Groin – along the inside of the legs
In my next post, I will pinpoint the 6 sources of hip pain. However, whether you are managing hip issues or wanting to prevent hip issues, you need to do the work. All these muscles need to be strong to do their job so your job is to keep i) Keep those muscles toned. ii) Keep those muscles resilient, flexible. Chair Yoga is a great way to look after your hips so they can look after you.