- Do you feel a dull ache on your lower back that doesn’t really go away with stretching your buttocks or hamstring muscles?
- Have you been sitting at computer for 6+ hours a day and feel like your lower back is aching?
- Have you been doing Pilates and feeling strong with all the “core” you’ve been doing but still feeling an ache in your lower back?
If you’ve ticked any of those boxes, then hip flexor stretches may be helpful for you.
The three major hip flexor muscles are Psoas, Iliacus and the Rectus Femoris. The Psoas originates from the side of the spine of your lower back and inserts to your femur or leg bone. The Iliacus is a fan shaped muscle that covers the front of your pelvis and inserts to the same area of your leg or femur. The Rectus Femoris originates from your lower part of your pelvis and comes down to connect to your patella. These three muscles flex or bend the hip forward.
Generally, if a muscle is put in a shortened position for a long time, it will shorten or tighten up. Sitting in front of your computer for many hours a day, five days a week, 20 days in a month is a long time to be in the one position. Those 3 muscles may shorten and pull your spine and hips forward and cause issues with your hips, pelvis and/or lower back.
So, give your hip flexors some love and stretch them out regularly and see if it helps you.
As always, for advice specific to your needs give us a call! We’re more than happy to help you #staytunedathome.