How are your hips when you're 20, 30, 40 ... years old?
Long-term sitting in a chair or sofa creates tension in the hips, which may be the cause of many painful ailments.
It’s one of the largest and most important joints in the human body – thanks to them you walk and keep your pawn. When you devote some attention to them, they will give you health for many years.
20+ Hips like a dream
It is still good (although it was best when you were over a dozen years old and instead of in front of the computer, you spent time on a bike and playing football with your friends). There is not much needed to make it even better.
Most of the 20-year-olds can sit cross-legged, but they already have problems with touching their fingers to the floor in the bend of the torso, and they also poorly tighten their heels to the buttocks. It is the fault of the sedentary lifestyle and the lack of systematic general development exercises during the studies.
Good news? Short stretching exercises will restore your hips perfect mobility.
Ideally, 2-3 times a week, gradually stretch the hips to full flexion. For 2 minutes, make a torso bend in a standing position – that is, bend in the hips, standing on the wide-spaced feet. The next 2 minutes will be devoted to training the hip extension. Kneel down, lean back slightly, resting your hands on your heels, and push your hips forward.
Four minutes a day for the healthy future of the hips is probably not too much?
„Hip pain can happen at any age, if only due to strain. If it is not too severe and allows you to move, for a week we can treat it with home methods. Then, however, you need to visit an orthopedic doctor.”
30+ The stairs begin
Your joints are slowly starting to wear naturally. „You help” them in this overweight, whose hips do not like, and unhealed injuries and injuries. And above all, sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise, which weakens the abdominal muscles and enlarges the lordosis of the lumbar spine. They just can not stand that hip.
If we spend most of the day sitting, the hips are still flexed and the muscles that „pull” the lumbar lordosis towards them become contorted. Enlargement of this natural bending of the spine can generate soft tissue conflict within the joint and the hips start to ache. Initially only during stretching, longer sitting in a low chair or in a car, but with time we are already accompanied by constant, mournful pain. Then, orthopedic diagnostics and rehabilitation are necessary.
Remember, hips like movement. Two or three times a week, treat yourself to moderate physical exertion (bicycle, quick walk, swimming, jogging, fitness). And once a week for half an hour do exercises flexing the hips and loins (eg, lying on your back, set your legs like swimming frogs, rest your feet on yourself and spread your knees wide.) Or lying on your stomach, bend your knees alternately and then, without taking hips from the mattress, lift the legs upwards in turn).
Note: problems with hips may also have mums who have given birth in a natural way.
For a newborn baby to pass through the birth canal, the ligaments naturally relax in the body of the woman. Sometimes after birth, the sacroiliac joints do not return to the original setting, especially after the birth of a large child. And that they normally have very little mobility, any change in the position extends the ligament unused to it. This with longer walking or standing causes pain in the lower part of the spine, with radiation on the side of the buttock. Young mothers try to avoid him by walking and standing „differently” or less often, which, however, contributes to muscle wasting. And leads to conflicts in the hip joint, and this in extreme requires the surgical stabilization of sacroiliac joints.
How to avoid this? If your joints ache – and the pain most often occurs before delivery – wear a special cross-waist belt for pregnant women. It tightly covers the hips, stabilizing them and preventing overloading of the ligaments.
40+ Training does wonders
If you are in good condition and regularly do sports, the hips have no reason to remind you of their existence. If not, one of the strange words – entezopathy or protraction – can be added to your vocabulary.
Entezopathy is a condition of overloading the tendon attachment within the hip, most often affecting the greater trochanter, the height located on the femur. The pain of the side of the thigh occurs when having a twisted body, we stand on one leg or we turn on it.
He is often felt by men in their forties who, proving to themselves that they have not aged so much, are throwing themselves at the gym equipment.
Most often, entezopathy results from too intensive strength training, carried out from time to time. To avoid it, it’s enough to train less intensively, but regularly – our expert adds. It is also worth remembering about the warm-up before any sporting activity. The elastic is the bag of the hip joint and reduces intra-articular pressure during exercise, which increases the nutrition of the articular cartilage.
If you have skipped sports with a large bow, your abdominal muscles probably resemble jelly more than strings. When a deep lumbar lordosis joins in, you can touch the protraction, or pelvic position, which causes the hip joints to constantly work in flexion.
What unevenly puts pressure on the hip joints and promotes their distortion. To prevent this, every day for half an hour we will do exercises for the abdominal muscles and those increasing the extension in the hip joints. It is also important how we walk. It is best if the navel is as close as possible to the spine while walking, and the pubic symphysis is pushed forward. This position restores proper loading of hip and sacrum joints.
Your hips will also be grateful for yoga or tai-chi classes. And as much traffic as possible, and the least seat!
50+ It can not be better
It does not change when you exercise, it’s good, if not, it’s worse. The changes that began in the hips around forty are gradually increasing. There is an unpleasant novelty, short-lived morning stiffness that you feel in your hips.
It usually passes after the first few steps, but its appearance indicates the first degenerative changes in the hip joints. Now, the developmental irregularities of the hips from early childhood also come to light. Then, there is a need for directional rehabilitation and moderate physical exercise three times a week.
At this age, your hips like aquaaerobic, which makes the joints more elastic, without straining them. Fits further tai-chi, shaping the muscles that stabilize the pelvis, and yoga. But they do not like running anymore.
60+ Welcome to the land of stiff people
After the age of 60, the range of hip movement clearly decreases.
As the first one, we lose the ability to perform the extension and internal rotation movement, which makes it difficult to lift the leg high while standing and make a quick turn to the side while walking. Later, the visit traffic disappears and it is harder to get on a bike with a high frame or side to sit in the car. This is the result of a reduction in the flexibility of the joint capsule, resulting from age.
Degenerative changes intensify and morning stiffness can last up to an hour.
And now it’s time for good news – regular exercise will help you keep your joints flexible. Sign up for gymnastics for seniors, do Nordic walking, which trains the hip extension (after training by the instructor, walking incorrectly, deepen the problems), swim (if not a frog). And it’s better to give up cycling because it fixes the flexion of the hip joints.
Senior training: full 45 minutes of walking (with or without sticks, possibly with weights in hands), pool twice a week + once, twice gymnastics, yoga or tai-chi for seniors. In the end, now you finally have some time for yourself, use it for health!
To prevent functional hip disorders, both the joint and the surrounding muscles should be stretched to restore the possible elasticity to the tissues. This particularly applies to people with already diagnosed diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Osteoarthritis of the joints and spine requires constant work on strengthening the muscular corset, which is a natural protection of joints against excessive overload.
People who are prone to hip problems should avoid sports that affect these joints, such as running, jumping or team games. If they have to stand or sit for a long time during work, they should often change position and try to load both legs in the same way.