First comes thought, then organization of that thought into ideas and plans, then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. - Napoleon Hill
Did you know?
Women sustain 75 - 80% of all hip fracture.
60% of fatal falls happen at home, 30% in public places and 10% in health care institutions.
Falls and the leading cause of injury deaths among 65 and older.
Y our hip is a weight-bearing joint, and all of your weight above the waistline has to be supported by your hips. Whenever you stand, walk, or run, the weight-bearing joints in your body are subjected to a variety of external forces (gravity, heel strike shock, etc.) and the strain of repetitive motion. A runner, for example, takes an estimated 1500 strides per mile, a force of 2-3 times the body’s weight must be effectively absorbed through the lower extremities with each step. Also, the weight of the body is supported on just one limb through three-quarters of the gait (walking) cycle. During that time, the muscles in your hips must contract to keep our torso from falling to the opposite side.
Because it is a masterpiece of structural design, the human body can usually deal effectively with gravity and heel-strike shock if it is in good health and posturally stable. But, if you have slight postural imbalances and/or misalignments, those forces can gradually cause a variety of painful conditions, which may affect not only your hips, but also anything from your knees to lumber region. Your chiropractor can determine the cause of your discomfort and recommend proper treatment.
If traumatic injury (falling on the hip, car accident, playing various sports, etc.) has been ruled out, and the pain seems to lessen or go away completely when you’re resting or “off your feet”, you may have a postural imbalance - foot problem and/or a leg length inequality -that could be the cause of your hip pain.
Your feet are the foundation of your body; they support everything above them, including the hips. Feet function something like the basement of a house, if the basement doesn’t support the weight of the floors above it, stress cracks can appear in the walls at any level. And feet that aren’t properly aligned can contribute to stress and pressure at the hip joint.
Your feet also help to protect you against heel-strike shock. Every time, the heel of your foot hits the ground, a shock wave travels up through your body, all the way to your head. The healthier and more posturally stable your body is, the more likely this shock is either dissipated or absorbed safely. But if your feet are not in their correctly functioning position at all times, more of this shock is allowed to move through the body and may weaken other joints - including the hips. Sometimes, custom-made orthotics can help.
Contact our office today to discuss how you can benefit from proper spinal, hip, knee and foot alignment, regardless of your age through chiropractic care. Dr. Chan would be more than pleased to answer any questions you may have.
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