CDC and ISSA have something to say about Tight Hips
Sometimes, with Tight Hips,
It Doesn't Take Much
To Feel a Lot Better
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Excerpted from the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5717a9.htm
What CausesHipTightness? For most people, the biggest cause of tightness is what we do all day long: sitting for too long is a major culprit in tightening thehip flexors. When you sit all day at a desk, the iliopsoas, in particular, shortens, making theflexors tight. Some athletes are also more prone to tightness.
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International Sports Sciences Association Excerpted from the following website: https://www.issaonline.com/blog/index.cfm/2019/how-to-identify-and-correct-tight-hip-flexors. (This article is written for trainers, but is informative for anyone with pain in legs or hips.)
“Tight hip flexors” is a buzzing term in gyms around the country. People in yoga studios are stretching out their hip flexors, runners are blaming a short stride and injuries on these muscles, and your clients are probably asking you about their own tight hips.
It’s important to understand exactly what it means to have tight hip flexors so you can help your clients. They may genuinely have tight muscles in the hips that need stretching, but they may also need to strengthen the hip flexors or related muscles, like the glutes or core.
Tackle the issue with information so you can determine if your clients really do have tight hips or if there is another problem. With a few new stretches and exercises, you can help those with tight hip flexors loosen them up, get better mobility with less pain, and avoid injuries.
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What Exactly Are Tight Hip Flexors?
First, help your clients understand what the hip flexors are, what they do, and how you know when they’re tight. The term hip flexors refers to a group of muscles in and around the hips that help move the legs and the trunk together, as when you lift your leg up, bending at the hip.
From here, the article becomes more technical, describing various muscles, tendons, etc., involved in tight hip syndrome.
NOTE: I persist in posting this information on tight hips because every day I see men and women who appear to be walking in pain, or some indication of pain in their legs, hips, or back. And I've recently found, by experience, that with the right exercise, the pain and awkwardness caused by tight hips can be greatly eased.