Hip pain may have a number of causes, including osteoarthritis, muscle strain, tendonitis, bursitis, and sciatica. Or the pain may be brought on by poor blood flow to the area, causing necrosis. Treatment recommendations may include pain medications, physical therapy, restriction of movement, injections, and eventually, replacement.
How the Gokhale Method can help
You can learn the proper hip positioning that is central to healthy posture and movement. The position of the pelvis affects the way the heads of the femur fit in the hip sockets (acetabulum). Any distortion in this connection can cause the bones to rub against each other, resulting in arthritic changes on the surfaces of both bones within the joint. Furthermore, when the hip joint is not properly aligned, the surrounding muscles may become over-tense, working harder to support the upper body. This can cut off part of the blood supply to the hip area, further increasing the chance of arthritic changes.
Healthy movement is essential. For example, walking with a heavy step causes an excessive impact throughout the body, including the hip. During the swing phase of each step, you will learn to keep your leg suspended from the hip socket, which restores a normal gap within the joint, and improves the circulation of blood to that area.
Where can I learn more?
Hip health is covered in Sessions 6 and 8 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lessons 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 of the self-help book: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. Most hip problems are also connected to the way we walk and stand, which are covered in Sessions 3 and 5 of the six-session course, and Lessons 6 and 8 of the book.
* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.