What is it?
Your hip and pelvis should be sitting in the middle of your body, centred evenly.
When you’re sitting down you should feel equal pressure on the chair.
Laying on your back, you’ll feel both sides of your buttocks evenly on the bed.
If your hips are not even, usually one leg will be more flexible than the other.
You won’t be able to touch your toes as easily on one side.
When your hips are twisted, you may notice that one side of your hip bone is higher than the other when looking in the mirror.
You may also feel your body weight leaning more heavily onto one side of your legs.
Who has it?
If you’ve always had poor flexibility in your legs, there’s a good chance your hips will be twisted.
Tightness in your hamstrings and gluteal muscles may twist and tilt your pelvis, making your hips uneven.
Some people also have a short leg and this can cause uneven hips.
This is when the bone in one leg is shorter than the other side.
If you’ve ever had knee surgery for an ACL or meniscus tear, you may develop hips that are uneven.
Those with recent or recurring back injuries may also have uneven hips as they tend to lean sideways away from the painful side.
Why it happens?
In most cases, uneven hips start to develop from bad postural habits.
Sometimes you don’t stretch enough after a good leg or core workout.
Other times, you sit in the cinema with your wallet in your back pocket.
Then, there’s the habit of sitting with your legs crossed.
Occasionally, injuries to your lower back or knees will make you instinctively lean towards the non-injury side.
This is because it helps to relieve the pain from your injury.
Even pain from rashes or large pimples on your buttock can start the habit of sitting with a lean on the non-painful side.
How it relates to your spinal health:
Once you start leaning to one side while sitting down, this becomes a long term habit.
The nerves in your lower spine connects to your hips and pelvis.
Having uneven hips will cause your spinal bones to wear out more on one side.
Imagine if you’ve been chewing food using only your left set of teeth.
Surely this side will wear out more quickly than your right side.
The same happens for your spine when you have uneven or twisted hips.
When this spinal wear and tear worsens on just one side, you’ll start to walk funny.
You’ll also find it more challenging to do exercises that require good mobility such as yoga, dance and martial arts.
What to do about it?
Chiropractic care is a great way to restore the connection of your nerves when you have uneven hips or a twisted pelvis.
Chiropractic care involves gentle, specific treatments called chiropractic adjustments.
With every adjustment, the connection of your nerves in the spine improves.
Over the span of 12 weeks, your spine regains proper function.
You gradually feel your flexibility and mobility returning.
It’s easier for you to keep those advanced yoga poses.
It is easier for you to perform that head kick during sparring.
You centre of gravity shifts back to the middle of your pelvis, not favouring one side.
When your spine is healthier, YOU are better.