The Hip Flexors are more often than not found to be tight on most individuals who sit for long periods of time. The hip flexors (primarily the psoas and iliacus) muscles attach from around the spine and hip to the top of the femur. When they contract concentrically (shorten) the hip will flex. The issue with having tight hip flexors is that it can affect ones walking, ones general mobility and ability to perform lunges, squats, walking up and down stairs, running and much more. The image below demonstrates one way to statically stretch the hip flexor muscles. The key with stretching the hip flexor in the image below is to maintain and upright trunk position, keep the pelvis straight and gentle move forward to open up the hip. Please note: If you suffer from any low back, hip or knee complaints, please speak to your Osteopath or GP before trying this exercise.
This blog was written by Osteopath Heath Williams. Heath is the director of Principle Four Osteopathy and Corporate Work Health Australia. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD 3000 leading Osteopathic clinics. The clinic is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD at 29 Somerset Place (near the corner of Little Bourke & Elizabeth St). Appointments can be made by calling 03 9670 9290 or booking online @ www.principlefourosteopathy.com.