Out of all the strongest muscles in the body, the hip flexor is one of the most neglected. Not only is it semi-difficult to stretch, people also forget that their hip flexor exists at all until they are experiencing hip flexor pain. Your hip flexors are located at the area where the thigh meets the groin, and are used to lift your knees and legs as well as to bend at your waist.
Here in Kailua we know that hip flexor pain is common in athletes, because repetitive motion like kicking, sprinting, and or hurdles can all lead to hip flexor pain. Along with athletes, people who are sedentary may also deal with hip flexor pain. If you spend most of your day sitting, your hip flexors may actually end up shortening over time. If you are in a seated position and then you trip and fall or go for a long run unprepared, there is a good chance that you will be sore from the unexpected stretch to your hips.
The best way to avoid hip flexor pain is to stretch thoroughly and specifically target your hip flexors. Do stretches before running like standing and lifting your knee to your chest and repeating. If you are doing abdominal exercises like sit ups, v-crunches, and leg raises, these exercises will also provide a deep stretch for your hips!
According to our physical therapists here at OSR, you can also avoid hip pain by avoiding sitting for long period, stretch or do activities like yoga to increase flexibility, and warming up before your exercise. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we offer physical therapy and massage therapy, both of which are great options to aid in pain relief. Our massage therapists are trained in a hip flexor trigger point massage, that can help break up the stiff and shortened muscle. If you are suffering from hip flexor pain, give us a call today to set up an appointment at 488-5555!