"Like a children's seesaw, when one end of a bone is moved in one direction, the other end of the bone is moved in the opposite direction." --Doug Keller

This seemingly obvious fact has surprising applications.
Here you can see how the right foot in front pushes the right hip back, and the left foot in back pushes the left hip forward.  

Though we don't look like the statue, many of us stand or sit with the same foot (let's call that Side A) always in front.  If you do, and you also have low back or hip pain, it may be because that habit and the Seesaw Principle are twisting your back.  For temporary relief, stand and sit with your other foot (we'll call it Side B) in front.  Make sure  feet and shoulders are facing straight ahead.
Now see if your Side A foot rolls to its outside edge when you do this.  If so, roll it more to the inside and subtly push down, back, and outward through the big toe, like this skater's right leg.

This is the Seesaw Principle at work.  Since your Side B foot is not sliding forward like the skater's, this down-back-and-out pressure causes your Side A hip to move up, forward, and inward, leveling it with your Side B hip.
If you can't find the muscles to do this, you may develop them by starting on all fours and then raising your Side A knee to the outside.  After I did 10 repetitions a day of this for 2-3 weeks, I began to feel this pushing-off action in my inner foot launch an unspiraling through my leg, hip, abdomen, and spine.
Results may vary.  Addressing a rotational habit is not as simple as a front-to-back one.  Rotation involves multiple joints in the hips and spine, creating more room for individual variation as to where muscles are tight or weak.  
A good all-purpose strengthener to help your back is half sit-ups with your feet up against a wall.  Pressing into the wall protects your low back by disengaging your hip flexors and keeping the effort in your abdominals.  If you bring your head toward alternate knees you may discover you're stronger in one direction than the other.  This could help explain why one hip tends to move forward of the other in the first place.
It could also be because of a tight psoas muscle.  Read more about this, including self-care.
Finally, a stretch like this may feel therapeutic.  Keep your right shoulder touching the floor; prop something under your knees for support.  Do this on both sides, longer on the side that feels more stretch.  Finish by bringing both knees to your chest.

I just signed up for two classes to help me understand and treat a wider variety of rotated/twisted postures.  Stay tuned!
I'll be away April 18-23 and May 1-3.

I wonder if the Seesaw Principle applies to the weather somehow, too?  Happy snowy Spring! 
Warm regards, Leora          (608) 332-9581 
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