I came across a great article this month from SOMASTRUCT on anterior pelvic rotation and wanted to use that as the focus for this month’s newsletter. Hip rotation is a normal and necessary part of our everyday movement, but for many people prolonged sitting can start to favour flexion at the hip as the bodies “new normal”. As the soft tissue adapts over time, our bodies begin to place compensatory stress on neighbouring joints and promote an inefficient posture.
WE DON’T WANT THAT!
One easy way of identifying anterior pelvic rotation is by an excessive curve in a person’s lower lumbar spine. This position tends to favour the flexors of the hips and the extensors of the lower back; while at the same time putting muscle groups like the glutes, hamstrings and abdominals at a mechanical disadvantage.
For anyone suspecting that they may have a tendency towards anterior pelvic rotation themselves, I would recommend coming in for a massage treatment first. This will not only help to identify the specific problem areas, but also to release the tissues involved and promote a proper balance around the hip joint. From there I would follow up by incorporating the self care tips provided in the SOMASTRUCT article into your normal exercise routine. The author has some very straightforward exercises and stretches that will help to lock in this newly gained hip mobility from our massage session.
Colin Baird is the owner and principal RMT at Local Fix Clinic Toronto.