Like our good friend Shakira says “Your hips don’t lie”…
YEP there are SO many reasons you might be getting hip pain and stiffness and if we are looking at this on a holistic level, symptoms in the hip can tell us a lot about what is happening on both a physical and emotional level for us.
Your hips hold A LOT of emotional baggage. According to international somatic educator and author, Liz Koch … the psoas (a deep muscle of the hip) is far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival”
In short … if you are experiencing FEAR when it comes to moving forward in career, studying and relationships … that can manifest in a physical way in your body.
We see this ALL the time in practice and literally have clients bursting into tears when we start to unwind and release this psoas muscle. Of course there is also purely physical origins for hip pain as well, things like:
- Overuse or sport injuries
- Altered biomechanics in the feet or back
- And arthritis
To name a few.
Usually if the problem is with the hip itself you will feel pain inside your hip or your groin. If the pain is outside your hip, on the upper thigh or outer buttock, the cause will usually be problems with muscles, ligaments or tendons around the hip joint.
Either way, releasing the PSOAS muscle can have a profound effect on hip pain and stiffness… so lets get into the ‘how to’ now …
We are showing you the simple stretches to release the psoas muscle and provide you with relief from hip pain and stiffness.
Get in position for this stretch by kneeling on the floor on 1 leg with your knees at right angles. Keep your back straight and your tailbone tucked under as you squeeze your glutes and shift your hips forward until you feel a stretch.
- Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, breathing deeply. Then switch legs and repeat.
- If that is feeling easy and you want to get in a bit deeper lift your arm (same side as leg back), lean back, and bend to the side over your body.
- Repeat 2 – 3 times daily
If you or a loved one are having issues with hip pain and stiffness, then comment below or send us an email. We are more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Yours in great health,
Dr Andy & Dr Jacinta