Movement is Medicine 3: Three Mobility Moves for Tight Hips

Hip Mobility

The hips seem like the root of all ills when it comes to the body and proper performance. Treat them with care and love and they’ll work wonders for you. Neglect them and they’ll make you pay for it, feeding a negative loop of chaos on the rest of the joints radiating from them.

Most people have some form of Hip instability or imbalance. Many people are dealing with some pain that is either originating at the hips or is feeding dysfunction there.

Sorting through these issues is a tedious task for experts. It really requires some hands on assessment, hard work, diligence and patience.

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I always tell my clients that their joints are like little doorways into new universes and realms.

Mobility WorkshopsI always tell my clients that their joints are like little doorways into new universes and realms. The argument can be made that the closed off nature of a person’s mind is somehow related to that person’s closed pathways and movement potentials. Maybe people who are interested in exploration of movement are likely open to exploring possibilities as opposed to holding onto rigid mental states.

Who knows? This certainly should be researched and although it’s makes for great philosophical debate, this debate would find a better place in the comforts of a local neighborhood coffee shop.

Back to the doorways.

These doorways are in various states of being. Some doors are wide open. Other doors are closed shut. Some doors are slightly ajar and others nearly wide. Some doors are locked.

Although we should be concerned with all these states, I point out most often to my clients that a door that is locked is locked for a reason.

Why do we lock doors?

We lock doors in order to conceal things. We don’t want just anyone to have access to what is inside.
The body works much the same way. The body locks pathways for many reasons and our job is to find out why and to encourage the body to allow us access.

Here’s the catch; our body will not respond to simply wrenching and pulling on the doorway. As a matter of fact, if we do this and happen to get the door open for a moment, we may find out that we should never have opened that door in the first place.

Maybe your body was trying to protect you from something else. Maybe your body was trying to protect something else from YOU.

Your body’s goal is to find homeostasis. This is a state of balance. That balance may not be perfect, and it may not be the best situation for all players involved, but it allows all players to function. This is kinda how President Obama described the relationship between China, Taiwan and the United States. It isn’t perfect, but it’s keeping the peace until further notice.

Stability opens the doors of Mobility.

Table Pose Stability

Now, despite our body being in a state of homeostasis, we personally know something is off. “My right side is tighter than my left” – so I stretch the right side more and try and pry that door open?

 

Dig deeper. Where is there weakness?

Stability opens the doors of Mobility. What is not stable? What muscles aren’t doing their job?

Once again, these are questions for a professional that can assess you physically and recommend accordingly. But once again, it’s important to understand that improving your mobility isn’t just a matter of pushing past a point.

Mobility is maintained by continuing to move and explore safe ranges… ranges your body will allow.

Mobility is finding your cliff and not jumping, but learning to be ok standing on the edge of it.

Mobility sometimes involves taking steps back or sideways in order to still go forward in a journey that will remain positive and not feed a negative loop of destruction.

Mobility is a constant work in diplomacy between you and all the parties involved in helping your organism perform as best it can today, in hopes that progress will be made towards a better tomorrow.

Keep the peace with your body and it will keep the peace with you.

Here are 3 Mobility Movements that I do regularly to mobilize my hips and assess my personal progress. Check them out:

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Coach Rich Thurman has over 15 years of Coaching and Personal Training experience. With a Bachelors in Physiological Science from UCLA and as a NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach, Rich takes a scientific approach to improving your athletic performance and overall Longevity and Durability. Whether you’re a competitive or casual Golfer, Adventure Racer, Fighter, Desk jockey or just generally looking to be healthier, Rich can help you.

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