New Consciousness Review Winter 2016 - Page 19

HEALTH ping, falling, sitting improperly, stepping off the curb wrong, and so forth. What we see is that one hip is “higher” than the other causing it to appear as though the leg on one side is shorter. Putting a hard prosthetic insert into the shoe on the “high” side just insures that the hip will never have a chance to return to balance. If we don’t require the musculature in our feet, legs and hips to do the work of balancing our full body weight, they don’t get circulation and atrophy, meaning they become weak. Without circulation, there is no innervation. The cells are unable to get the nourishment they need to survive and they begin die, causing pain. A pain signal from your body means it is asking for your attention. The imbalance in your hips can lead to a cascade of other symptoms: jaw problems; pain and deterioration of your hip, knee and ankle joints on the other leg; plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuroma and neuropathy of the other foot. Instead of putting the “short” side to sleep, get your hips back where they should be and wake them up with circulation and innervation by requiring them to bear their fair share of weight! The following is a simple exercise you can do to wake up those hips and bring them back into balance: 1.  Stand with your feet together, hands on top of your head. Have someone stand behind you and settle their hands onto the top of your hipbone on both sides of your body at your waist. Have them notice if the top of the hipbone is higher on one side than the other. If so, you need to align your hips. If both sides are even, your hips are in proper alignment and you do not need to do this procedure. 2. Spread your feet about shoulder width apart, with your feet straight (straight line from pinky to heel on the outside of the foot). If you do it right, it feels pigeon-toed. Keeping your back straight up and down, and without allowing your feet to move, slowly bend forward keeping a flat back and straight legs as far as you can without discomfort. Still keeping your back flat and your feet in the same position, return to a standing position. Repeat this action three times. 3.  Without moving your feet, rotate your hips in a large circle five times toward the lowest 19 | New Consciousness Review side. That is, if your right hip was lower, rotate clockwise five times; if your left hip was lower, rotate counterclockwise five times. 4.  Without moving your feet, do five more hip rotations in the opposite direction (toward the high-hip side). 5.  Without moving your heels, pull your toes toward each other (pigeon-toed) as far as possible. Do three more body dips (like step 2), being sure to keep your heels on the floor and your feet straight. 6.  With your “low-side” foot, take one “giant step” forward, straightening your foot so that when you put it down it is facing straight forward. Bring your back foot forward to join its mate, and stand up nice and straight.  Have your partner check your hip alignment 7. again by repeating step 1. 8. If your hips are still out of alignment, you may repeat this entire routine two or three times if necessary. If you are still out of alignment, let it rest for a few hours then try again. Remember, if you have been out of alignment for a long time, it’s going to take your body a long time to heal itself. Ronelle Wood is a leading specialist in Myofascial R VV6RFW&frV&VBFPvW"bf66g&Ц&F6FW2( 22FVBB2VW"6R2&&VBFVWǐFFRƖvB6GV7FrGW&Rbf66BvBFBV0f"VRrB7G2FV"VFB66vV&Vr( 2BrF֖6V@ƖvB6GV7F67W"&&V2FB6VR֖vBBWfV&Rv&RbFRf662FP6bv76W"6V7FfRF77VRFB7W'&VG2B7W'G2WfW'FrW"&FW3FWgV7FƖRf&W"F726GV7FrƖvBFG2bW"&GfW76VvVƖvB27FvB"&6VBFW&R2BG&VvV'6FSwwr67GV'6Р