Body Stress in the Hips, Legs and Feet
Body Stress in the Hip Joint
As the nerve supply to the legs and feet originates from the spinal nerves of the lower back, it is vital that any body stress in this area of the spine is released.
The Legs and Feet
The ball-shaped structure at the upper end of the thigh bone fits into a deep, secure socket in the pelvis. However, this joint may be stressed by movements such as mounting a bicycle, motorbike or a horse, or in a fall, sports injuries, or from sitting cross-legged when unaccustomed to this position.
As tension becomes locked into the hip joint there may be restricted mobility, a sharp jabbing pain deep in the joint, or a milder ache when walking or dancing. People often describe it as feeling like the leg is falling off, or feeling like it may collapse with movement. The pain usually eases quickly after the release, depending on how long the tension has been locked into the structure.
The Knee Joint
This joint undergoes a great deal of strain daily, as not only does it bear the weight of the body, it is designed for the flexibility of a hinge joint. The cartilage pad in the knee and the ligaments supporting the joint may be stressed by twisting the knee, by jarring it in a fall, or in giving a hard kick.
Beside being painful, the knee joint may be weakened to the point of collapsing when pressure is exerted on the leg, as in going up or down stairs.
The Ankle and Foot
Body stress may become locked into the joints if a person twists the ankle, as in stepping off the pavement, or as a result of kicking. In addition to pain, there may be the sensation of the ankle giving way when weight is placed on the leg. The joints of the toes may also become stressed and this may in time contribute to the development of a bunion – a distortion in the area of the big toe.
Pins and needles may also be felt throughout the leg and into the toes, caused by disrupted communicated from the lower back, when there is tension on the spinal nerves.
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