Tight hips are implicated in so much 21st century biomechanical dysfunction. As we sit more than ever, our hips are tighter than ever; combine this with weak glutes and anterior pelvic tilt and you have the perfect recipe for instability and pain in the lower back. Furthermore, tight hips make it even more difficult for us to maintain good posture throughout our daily activities because it is actively pulling our bodies out of alignment. So we can see that hip mobility is of utmost importance, but how do we reverse the cycle of tension that got our hips to this tightness in the first place?
This study, published in the Medical Acupuncture journal, states that, “acupuncture application in acupoints and no-acupoints before exercises of static stretching can generate an acute significant increase on hip range of motion.” By combining targeted acupoint treatment with hip abductor stretching, we can effect great improvements in hip mobility,
Just as tight hips can destabilize and cause pain, open hips can contribute to stability and strength at the base of the spine. By facilitating a healthy transfer of forces and initiating movements in a healthy manner, your hips can be become an all-star member of your spine’s support network. Acupuncture is one of the best ways to open up those hips and set you on the path toward reducing spinal tension- if you are interested in finding out more about the power of acupuncture, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.