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Hip Flexor Tightness

A little bit of background

Hip Flexor tightness has become a more prevalent issue in the modern day we live in. The matter of how we live, sitting at the desk all day, living the sedentary lifestyle affects your Hip health. The Hip Flexors become short when we are often maintaining the same position, this position is when we flex our Hip.

So, why do I suffer from tight hips

Due to the sitting stance position most of us maintain during our everyday life we will contract the Hip Flexors. The Hip Flexors are made of two primary muscles which comprise of the main Hip Flexor muscle group, those being the Psoas Major and the Iliacus.

When we are seated for a long enough period of time, these two muscles in particular alongside fellow synergist flexors ( Secondary contracted muscles) become contracted.

What happens when a muscle becomes contracted for long enough it can appear to shorten. The muscles which are antagonistic (opposite Muscles) in contraction (Gluteal Muscles) will temporarily become inhibited.

A muscle which shortens can pull the skeletal frame out of place. In the case of tight Hip Flexors we can easily exacerbate the Pelvis drawing it downward and anteriorly. In doing so we can compensate with the Posterior Pelvis lifting upwards drawing the Lumber spine inwards protruding the stomach.

The Hip Flexors action will draw the Pelvis downward and anteriorly, when this happens often the Hip Flexors will shorten. For the time being the Posterior Pelvis will lift upwards, and hereby creating the Gluteal Muscle group to lengthen, this does not mean they are weak precisely but they need to be retrained.

How do I correct this issue?

You have trained your Hip Flexor well and truly from contracting them often, and for long periods of time. You need to draw the Gluteal muscles into the equation, and from what has been stated earlier they just need to be activated to establish a more symmetrical contraction on both the anterior and posterior pelvis.

The Pelvis from a posterior aspect goes upwards due to the anterior pelvis being drawn downward. By training the Hip Flexors we need to equate to a more balanced pelvis, in doing this we need to train the Gluteal muscles to fire by training them.

The Hip Flexors have become shortened and need to become lengthened to allow more mobility for the pelvis. The Hip Flexor muscles will be stretched to allow this to happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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