If your job requires sitting, you’re at risk for hip pain caused by tight hip flexors. Spending a lot of time sitting, whether it’s at a desk, in a car or even on the couch, it puts your hip flexors in a compressed position, causing them to shorten and tighten up.
Adversely, if you’re an avid runner or cyclist, you’re also at risk. Since the aforementioned athletes repeatedly use the hip flexors to lift their legs, which shortens the hip flexor muscles.
Both sitting and repetitive leg actions can shorten and tighten the hip flexors. Combine these activities with weak core and thigh muscles, and you have a recipe for pain and stiffness. If certain muscles are weak, including the core, glutes, or piriformis (a deep gluteal muscle that helps external rotation of the hip), it forces the hip flexors to take over some of the job of stabilizing the spine and pelvis, leading the already overworked hip flexors to stiffen.
What are hip flexors? Your hip flexors are a group of muscles along the front of your upper thigh which work together to flex and stabilize your hip and pull your thigh and torso together when you walk, run, sit or stand. The hip flexors are the muscles in the front of your thigh connecting your leg to your pelvis and your spine. These powerful muscles allow you to bend and flex at the hip. They are engaged when you pull your knee to your chest, sit down, or lift your leg. Walking, pedaling a bike, running, and a variety of other feats use these heavy-duty muscles.
What are the symptoms of tight hip flexors? The most common symptoms of tight hip flexors are hip pain and limited mobility. Tight hip flexors can also cause:
Short/tight hip flexor muscles can contribute to low back pain; therefore, it’s essential to stretch these muscles to maintain healthy posture regularly.
THE KNEELING HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
STRAIGHT LEG RAISE
This targets both the hip flexors and core muscles. It's also one of the most gentle hip flexor exercises.
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