Importance of Lateral Hip Strength


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Here is my latest video post on the importance of lateral hip strength for pelvic floor, low back, and knee health as well as maintaining optimal bone density in the femur.  The neck of the femur is one of the main areas of the body where fractures happen due to osteoporosis.  The osteoporosis happens because we are not using our bodies the way they were designed to be used.  When our bones are aligned correctly, it provides the most amount of squish to maintain the bones density.  According to the CDC in 2009 the total knee replacements in the US equaled 676,000 and total hip replacement equaled 327,000!  Of the 676,000 knee replacements,  303,000 of those were from the ages of 45-64!  And of the 327,000 hip replacements 152,000 of those were from the ages of 45-64!

Pelvic List

  • Make sure you start with proper foot alignment, feet forward, outside edges of your feet straight. Click here to read about stance.
  • Fully extend knees.
  • Don’t twist the pelvis.
  • Don’t use quadratus lumborum to hike the hip up.
  • Don’t use a cat for support.
  • You will be using the musculature down the side of the leg and feel the burn in the glutes and Tensor Fascia Lata, TFL.  The TFL  helps stabilize the hip and knee joints by putting tension on the iliotibial band.
  • Push the standing foot into the ground to clear the other foot.
  • Try to work up to one minute on each side at least three times a day.