Our culture loves to spotlight the mechanical roots of our painful symptoms.
“Your hips are tight because you sit too much.”
Maybe. Sitting does flex the hip for long periods of time and can result in shortening of the muscles.
But flexion is a protective gesture. When you’re threatened, the instinct is to guard your vital organs — your soft spots.
So, maybe that tension in your hip is defending against the onslaught of an overstimulating world.
Or maybe you sit a lot because curled on the couch, your knees snugged into your chest and a tome of fantastical escape in your lap, you are sheltered from the stress, the pressure, the demands.
So then the problem really isn’t that you sit too much, but rather that you aren’t secure in a relentless world that assaults your senses.
The question then becomes not how we can get you to sit less, but how can we create safety for you?
When you are safe, you have no need to protect or defend.
It’s easy to pinpoint biomechanics as the cause of pain. It makes us comfortable, this easy to identify lifestyle problem.
Talking about greater culture influences that shape us, however, threatens our way of life.