So many people in today’s world suffer from mild and chronic pains. If this applies to you, it’s important to pay attention to the specific areas where you are feeling repeated aches and pain. If your legs, back, or the hip area are on the list, then there’s a high possibility that the root of your pain is originating from your hip flexors.
Hip flexors are a group of muscles that comprise of the psoas major and iliacus muscles. They form the main supporting muscles for your spine and aid all the major movements connected to it.
Like all muscles, for them to work perfectly, they need to be flexible, used, and stretched instead of tight, locked, and restricted. Just like we do stretches before we run so we don’t cramp up and hurt ourselves, we should be stretching our hip flexors on the regular to avoid some pretty serious health issues.
• Lumbar pain: if your hip flexors tighten they will also shorten. As a result their pull on your spine will increase. It is because of that increased pressure that your spine’s discs compress, causing mild or chronic back pain. This makes it impossible to sit through a show, get work done at your desk, or simply stand up straight for a long period of time.
• Terrible posture: other than back pain, the pressure exerted on your spine will ultimately affect your posture. Remember that your spine plays a very big role in determining your posture when you stand, walk, run, or assume pretty much any other position. When your spine is not properly aligned your posture will be affected in a bad way.
• Pain in the lower body: when your hip flexors shorten the pain may go beyond just your back. You may soon feel pain in your legs, ankles, and feet. Remember your body is all connected together, each part of it influencing the other.
o A good example is the patellofemoral pain syndrome. It occurs when your thigh bones and the back of your knee cup rub while you walk or run. The culprit? Tight hip flexors.
• Psoas syndrome: psoas syndrome is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions around. It occurs when your psoas muscles get injured. Psoas syndrome causes a variety of symptoms, including lower back pain, pain in the legs, buttocks, pelvis, and groin. The main cause of injuries to hip flexors? You got it, because they’re tight and unable to adapt to your body’s movement.
Think of your body like a rubber band, it has a decent amount of wiggle room, to stretch, expand, and move around, depending on what you’re using it for. But when your hip flexors are tight, it’s like the same as the rubber band being stretched out as far as it could possibly go without breaking. When this happens, your fingers will start to hurt from the force trying to pull the band back together (which is why it’s hard to stand up straight), and the rubber band might even snap with any sudden movements.
The easiest and most recommended method of avoiding the listed issues is by regularly exercising your hip flexors, so they’re not wound up. Unfortunately most of the exercises that we are used to (like running, squats and weights) don’t target the right psoas muscles. But the ones outlined in the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors’ program do, in a very effective, quick, and simple manner.
Help your body stay flexible and avoid your joints snapping. All it takes are implementing a few simple stretches into your daily routine.