My clients do not generally come to see me due to hip or knee pain. They usually come in because of an ailment that relates to their reproductive or urogenital system. Time after time, in our check ins, folks tell me that in addition to the primary reason they chose to see me, they also have been experiencing chronic hip and knee pain. Many have reported, in addition to relief from the symptoms that brought them to me, that they also experience healing from their hip and knee pain.
Most of us do not pay enough attention to our posture, do not get enough exercise and on top of that engage in normal daily activities that exacerbate poor posture and chronic pain. In fact, I have noticed that seats of vehicles are designed for poor posture. We need to support the natural lumbar curve in our backs. I highly recommend a lumbar support for your car. Car seats curve in the opposite direction of our natural lumbar curve. Sign up for my newsletter to receive a free Posture Play video to learn the basics of how to stand and walk in a way that engages your whole structure.
Over time, our culture has become more and more sedentary. We spend a lot of time sitting in front of screens for our work and our leisure. The less we move, the more stiff our bodies become. Eventually we get to the point where pushing through the stiffness to motivate to exercise becomes difficult. This is an invitation to source the motivation in yourself to get up and stretch on the floor for a few minutes or go outside and walk for five minutes, anything to break the cycle of stillness, that also does not push your body beyond it current, yet evolving, limitations.
In our world, we have access to a wide variety of modalities that are helpful for hip and knee pain, though the ones we will focus on here are Maya Abdominal Massage and Holistic Pelvic Care, as those are the modalities I practice and the connection between how these can support healing from hip and knee pain is not well understood or talked about.
Maya Abdominal Massage includes bodywork on the lower back, sacrum and tailbone. This work aims to align the hips, reducing the strain placed on hips and knees. It also helps to break up scar tissue and adhesions in these areas that can be caused by falls, chronic pain and stress and habitual postural and movement patterns. When we do this, we increase the blood flow to the areas we are working on as well as the extremities. Work on the tailbone, which is a generally ignored body part in regards to bodywork, seems to greatly improve knee pain.
Holistic Pelvic Care which is internal vaginal massage has dramatically improved hip pain symptoms in many clients. Many body work modalities offer work to the hips and back. Internal vaginal work, Holistic Pelvic Care, complements this, by essentially working on the hip joint from the inside. Women who come to me for Holistic Pelvic Care are often seeking relief from pelvic pain, incontinence, pain with sex or other ailments of that nature, and concurrently suffer from hip pain, which is often concurrently relieved with the pelvic massage.