Why Do Women’S Hips Sway When They Walk
“When we watch people walking down the street, it’s hard not to notice how different men are from women. Men seem to be able to walk down any street without moving their hips at all; they just sort of float along while keeping their knees straight. This is because men have narrower hips which require less movement to keep them balanced on two feet.
Women, however, do not have narrow hips like men. Instead, their hips are wider than those of men, allowing for more rotational motion as they move forward. In fact, when a woman walks, her pelvic girdle actually has to rotate in order to accommodate both the weight of her torso and the natural movements of her legs during stride.
Combine this rotation with the fact that there is also naturally greater anteversion in the acetabular socket of the femur (the ball joint where your thigh bone meets your lower leg), which allows the pelvic girdle to tilt slightly backward, and you end up with what many consider to be one of the most distinctive motions of the human body. The hip sway of a woman walking is an involuntary movement that can’t really be stopped or prevented by conscious effort, but it can be made even worse by certain types of exercise.
As far back as ancient Greece, physicians noticed that pregnant women swayed from side to side as they walked. While this was probably due to pregnancy causing increased muscle tone around the hips, it may have been caused by the extra weight of the uterus pressing down on the abdominal muscles. Either way, this observation led some medical practitioners to conclude that the uterus could cause disease if it were allowed to shift too much during pregnancy.
In the late nineteenth century, doctors began exploring why the upper body of pregnant women moved so significantly during labor. At the same time, anatomists began studying the ways animals such as cats, dogs, birds, fish, and tortoises move their bodies. One thing that became apparent was that these animals did not swing their hips rhythmically while walking. Instead, they used a jerky type of motion similar to what happens when someone moves their arms loosely above their shoulders.
The reason for this difference between humans and other animals became clear in the 1920s when researchers discovered that cats and dogs had no bones connecting their pelvis to their spine. Unlike humans, these animals don’t need to support themselves against gravity with strong muscular control over their hips. Instead, their hips act only as levers, swinging freely back and forth like pendulums.
Humans, however, have very strong hip muscles that make it possible for our pelvises to serve as part of a larger skeletal system instead of simply acting as simple levers. As we mentioned earlier, our pelvis serves as the center of the axis around which our trunk rotates. Our thighs also help us stay upright by providing stability to our lower limbs. The stronger these connections become, the better we’ll be able to balance ourselves on two feet.
This explains why women tend to lean to the left when they walk, since the right side of the pelvis is responsible for rotating the entire spinal column to the right, then swinging the upper body toward the opposite side. It doesn’t take long before the rest of the body follows suit. In addition, since the right side of the pelvis controls the head, the neck will begin to turn to the right as well. Even the eyes and nose will follow the direction of the head, eventually leading to the tendency of women to look at things on the left side of the road.
Since the typical female pelvis is broader than male pelvis, women also tend to fall farther behind when running, hiking or climbing stairs. This results in a slight lurching motion that causes them to lose their footing more often. For this reason, many sports coaches recommend that women should avoid doing activities that require fast changes in direction. Swimmers, for example, risk losing their balance on land when diving into the pool, making it difficult for them to recover properly after entering the water.
Even though the hip sway associated with the female walk is something that almost everyone notices, it isn’t always considered to be a problem. Many women find that it makes them feel more feminine, especially if they enjoy wearing revealing clothing, which accentuates their curves rather than hiding them. However, excessive hip sway can lead to problems like falling down more easily, back pain, and poor posture. To prevent these problems from happening, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to the hip sway of the female walk, including its effects on the pelvic region and lower back.
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