For those struggling with hip pain, the festive season can present some challenges related to prolonged periods standing cooking or chatting, sitting while socialising or travelling in a car, and sleeping on unfamiliar beds while visiting or travelling. So here are HipPainHelp’s top 3 tips for reducing hip pain this Christmas.
Top Tip Number 1 for Reducing Hip Pain in Standing at Christmas
Many people naturally adopt a “Sway Posture” to stand. This is an easy, lazy, energy efficient way to stand, but it can put pressure on the low back, pelvis and hips. Adjusting this may help reduce your pain.
Sway posture is a term that relates to a certain type of standing posture where people tend to lock their knees in and throw their hips too far forward. You can easily try to correct this yourself by bringing your weight back to be roughly two thirds on your heels.
Check out this great cornerstone blog – read more here and watch our easy to follow video on how to reduce posture-related pain and fatigue. Click here to read more
Top Tip Number 2 for Reducing Hip Pain in Sitting at Christmas
Over the festive season, you have to sit in all sorts of places, and often for prolonged periods. Be it driving to visit family or friends, or just to take a break, attending plays, social occasions, meals and drinks out……How can you make sitting a more pleasant experience these holidays?
Check out this great, timeless blog we wrote to help people get through the sitting marathon at Christmas.
Different things work for different people, depending on the problem. There is a wide range of supportive cushioning that can help and this blog also gives you some ideas of what products may be beneficial for you. To read more click here.
Top Tip Number 3 For Reducing Hip Pain When Sleeping This Christmas
The holiday period can be stressful and exhausting for many of us. Yet sleeping may be where your hip and pelvic pain can bother you most. Disturbed sleep can increase your stress and anxiety levels, increase your pain and reduce your ability to feel you are coping.
This blog is full of useful, easy to follow information on ways you can better support yourself when you sleep. Try a few of the strategies outlined in this blog and hopefully you will have a few more energy reserves to enjoy your holiday events a this December. Click here to read more.
Lastly, what do you do if all this fails? Phone a friend – you can search for a Hip Pain Professional from our directory……and don’t worry if you can’t find anyone near to you – just zoom out on the map and you can locate clinics that offer video consultations. Find a Hip Pain Professional by clicking here.
This blog was written by Dr Alison Grimaldi and Kirsty McNab, physiotherapists who have over 50 years of combined professional clinical experience, dealing with patients suffering from a wide range of hip and pelvic conditions.
Dr. Alison Grimaldi BPhty, MPhty(Sports), PhD is Practice Principal of Physiotec Physiotherapy, an Australian Sports Physiotherapist and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, author and global educator.
Kirsty McNab BSc Hons, MPhty(Sports), is Practice Principal of Physiologix and a highly experienced Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist having worked extensively with elite athletes, the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, and Tennis Australia.
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- Grimaldi et al (2019) Gluteal Tendinopathy: Integrating Pathomechanics and Clinical Features in Its Management JOSPT. 45 (11): 910-922
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