01 Apr 2018
Do You Have Tight Hip Flexors?
Do you know that your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body's movement.
Sitting within the well of your hip and lower spine is the psoas major muscle, one of the two muscles that make up the iliopsoas.
It’s often called the "mighty" psoas (pronounced so-az) for the many important functions it plays in the movement of your body.
The psoas is the only muscle in the human body connecting the upper body to the lower body.
The muscle attaches to the vertebrae of the lower spine, moves through the pelvis and connects to a tendon at the top of the femur. It also attaches to the diaphragm, so it’s connected to your breathing, and upon it sits all the major organs.
A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.
When it functions well, it has the power to:-
1. Help you achieve peak performance day after day after day.
2. Rapidly drop ugly body fat that stubbornly clings to your body.
3. Train harder, heavier and gain strength faster than you thought possible.
4. Flood your mind and body with renewed energy and vigor.
Put simply, this muscle is the core of activity in your body. So, when it's out of balance or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences which flow throughout the body.
So should we be strengthening? Stretching? Both?
If a muscle is tight, our first instinct is to stretch it. Well, while stretching can benefit our body in many ways, it isn’t a panacea for muscle tightness. It may or may not help, depending on what’s causing the problem. That’s why a simple trial and error approach is best with stretching tight muscles, and tight hip flexors in particular.
Click the link and try these workouts - they can also be found in the Stretch&Flex Zone then choose some of the stretches from the videos and perform several times per day for several days and see if it makes your hip flexors feel looser and less aggravated. If it does, make a note and move on to the next stretch, and after trying all of them, continue doing those that helped.