The root cause of many people’s lower back pain and other health problems could be down to tight hip flexors.
The impact the hips have on the whole body was never totally clear to me until I trained as a biomechanist and started to understand the relationship between the hips and the body.
Tight or locked hip flexors can be caused from an instability or a rigidity in the pelvis and a lack of ability or understanding to hold it in a neutral position. This can contribute to the following problems:
- Joint pain in legs, lower back and hips
- discomfort when walking
- Discomfort in knees from a lack of movement in hips which then causes body to spin and compensate to balance from knees
- Bad posture and inability to stand tall
- Aching when sleeping and lying down
- Lack of energy in day to day life
- Lack of strength and explosiveness in sport
- Anxiety from discomfort
Do you find it surprising that all of this might be simply caused by this one tight muscle?
Many people suffer from tight or locked hip flexors, especially those who sit for hours each day, but few realize the impact on your whole body. Sitting for hours on end in simply in the same seat, and especially if not keeping the pelvis vertical, causes a strain on the hip area and lower back. There is excessive weight in one position which pulls on the muscles and ligaments and creates a pressure on the cartilage in a particular angle. Lack of movement brings along a restricted circulation – or a transfer of fresh nutrients to and removal of toxins from the area, which also causes a lack of lubrication so when one does get up to move there is a feeling of stiffness, which in turn can therefore be abrasive and cause wear and tear.
We are designed to move. And to highlight – everything moving up and down the body flows through the hips. They help to support the strength and health of your entire body.
HIP FLEXORS ARE THE BODY’S MOST POWERFUL, PRIMAL MUSCLE… … they need training and stretching
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