You hear about hip flexor muscles, and you know they need to be stretched, and you know they can hurt sometimes.
Hip flexors are located on the front top part of your thigh in the pelvic area. It is because of the hip flexors that you can flex your hips and bend your knees to your hips. They are important to keep the posterior pelvic muscles in balance.
The hip flexors are a group of muscles in your hips responsible for activating a flexion movement, which allows you to pull your legs upward towards your torso. The word flexion means pulling together, and flexor muscles pull two bones together by contracting.
Every time you take a step, you are using your hip flexor muscles. Sitting too long or all day shortens and tightens these muscles. Short muscles do not generate as much power as lengthened muscles. When you go to activate these muscles, they might resist or not work as they should.
How Does Sitting For Hours Affect My Hip Flexor Health?
Sitting all day, especially with habitually poor posture, can cause a condition called hyperlordosis. This condition is also called swayback or saddleback and happens when the inward curve of your spine in the lower back is exaggerated.
When a muscle contracts, it pulls two bones together. This pull typically happens through bending at a joint. When sitting down, the legs and torso are pulled together, but the hip flexors aren’t activated. Prolonged sitting can lead to the shortening of the hip flexors themselves, causing tightness and pain
This condition is more common with jobs that require a lot of sitting like computer programmers, office workers, and anyone who finds themselves at a desk for hours each day. You can strain or get a tear in these muscles with activities like soccer, football, dancing, martial arts, and bicycling. The symptoms of a strain include:
- Sharp pain in the hip or pelvic area
- Cramping in upper leg muscles
- Stiffness or tightness after sitting
- A tugging sensation in the upper groin
- Difficulty jumping, sprinting, or kicking
- Tenderness or pain when walking up the stairs
Poor posture, walking habits, general overuse, and sometimes arthritis can also cause pain in the hip flexors.
How To Release Hip Flexor?
Self-care at Home
Stop any activity that causes pain.
Use Manual Massage Tools for immediate relief recommended by Physical Therapists.
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