Reflexing the Hips
The reflection of the hip, the hip joints, and the bones of the hip is found around the lateral malleolus. This is the big bumpy bone that sits on the outside of the ankle, the one most people call the anklebone. You have felt around this area before and know how sensitive it can be.
Start at the lower end of the bone and thumb walk toward the back, turning and thumb walking up behind the ankle. Generally the thumb and hand begin to twist awkwardly at this point. Switch thumbs and walk down toward the front of the foot, around the malleolus. The turn of the thumbs will be a bit awkward; this is one time when the body doesn't completely adjust. Pay attention to any areas of puffiness or tautness, as you will need to thumb walk carefully in these regions.
Reflexology and hip pain is quite extraordinary. Generally, a person would try to walk off a pain in the hip, which might or might not work. A better solution would be to make sure there is no internal, symptomatic reason for the pain. Once you have determined through professional consultation that the pain is muscular, go for a massage. Massage is wonderful — the hip feels better, and you can go on your way.
The sciatic reflex is so close that it may overlap at times. We have found this is not uncommon in reflexology. The body has many areas that are reflected on the feet. Just as internal organs in the body may sit over one another, reflexes may overlap in reflexology. This allows some areas to be reflexed more often, areas that innately need more attention.
Well, if that hip pain is caused by your biomechanics — how you walk — you will not be enjoying the benefit of the massage for long. An overuse condition specific to the feet, yet generating pain in the hip, is the piriformis syndrome. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower-back region of the spine, across the buttocks in a diagonal line toward the back and outer edge of the leg.
There are many muscle layers involved in the buttocks. One of the deeper muscles involved with moving the thigh at the hip joint is the piriformis muscle. This band of muscle sits on top of the sciatic nerve. Another function of this muscle is to keep the upper leg bone from rotating too much in one direction or another. You can turn your hip out and in and the bones do rotate, but if they over-rotate you can strain the muscles.