Squaring Up the Hips
Often the pelvic girdle can get twisted out of alignment. The beauty of the human body is that it can adapt to seemingly unlimited compensations patterns. The way the structure was meant to function is always the best use of the body. So what is the way that the structure is meant to function? I believe the easiest approach is to start with the bones.
Are the bones stacked up and used the way the bones are shaped?
Lets work with a part of the body that is asked to move constantly. This is the pelvic girdle and it is comprised of two Coxal Bones (hip bones) and the Sacrum – Forming three basic joints - two at the Sacral Iliac and one at the Pubis. The two Femur heads (leg bones) articulate with the two Coxal bones at the Acetabulum. And the Spine articulates with the Sacrum at the L5/S1 joint. The pelvic girdle IS MADE TO DEFORM AND COME BACK TO NEUTRAL allowing walking, sitting and child bearing just to name a few of the basic movements.
So how do you regain alignment after the pelvic girdle is out of alignment and stuck there? Here is what I have found to be a very easy and helpful technique to perform by yourself that can allow the Coax to regain integrity.
FORM: Sit on the floor or a very firm surface. Both legs are straight in front of the body – lying close together – heels and feet touching if possible. Sitting up tall through the spine. Arms at sides (passive).
CAUTION: If you have any kind of strain in the knees or thighs put a small soft roll under the knees this will ease strain on the hamstrings and illopsoas. You can also have your back close to a wall to help hold the spine long while performing this technique.
RESULT: This technique uses the bones as anchors which then pulls between the Coax, Femurs and the Spine giving a three-dimensional stretch & strengthen motion. Activating and balancing the many muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia that hold theses bones together. The action helps square up the system.
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