Excerpt from When Flexibility Becomes a Liability by Michaelle Edwards
Last year, approximately 400,000 people had their hips replaced in the United States—and most of them were women.
Why do women’s hips wear out more than men?
Excessive flexibility and weak stabilizing muscles are often the key factors leading to hip joint deterioration.
Women have looser ligaments to allow the pelvis to open for the act of childbirth. Beyond birthing, flexibility can be a liability because the lumbar and hip joints must have strong and tight ligaments to keep the parts stable for proper joint function, and shock absorption during movement.
All women should consider practicing strengthening exercises to stabilize the hip, and be cautious when doing hip ‘opener’ poses practiced in yoga and stretching classes that may be giving you more flexibility than you need, compromising the longevity of your joints.
Longer is not better for your ligaments.
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