Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Hip Bone Connected to
May, 2002
One thing about having a hip problem: Im learning a lot about body mechanics. I know first-hand that restricted hip movement affects knees. Unless I do exercises each day to realign my head, shoulders, hips and knees, my knees really hurt.

Alignment can be thrown off not only by hips but also by body weight that is continually held from your center. To illustrate, stand up. Hold a heavy can or bottle by cupping it in both hands and resting your hands up against your stomach. See how that feels. Now extend your arms so the weight is held away from you. Notice the difference.

Your heads weighs at least 12 pounds. Imagine how hard it is for the rest of you to support that weight when you lean your head forward and hold it there. (Thats where most of us keep your heads, as though were in a race and are trying to win by a nose.)

In a recent orthopedic massage course I took, Whitney Lowe, the instructor, illustrated how strain on your low backs is:

1) lowest when you are lying down
2) increases as you stand upright
3) increases more as you sit upright
4) increases again as you stand leaning forward, and
5) increases even more as you sit rounded forward.
 (The way a lot of us work.)

Your knees, low back, neck or shoulders will surely let you know if you are continually out of alignment.
© 2004, Dee Hiatt
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