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Friday, August 19, 2011

Hip Flexor 101 - Stretching Video

If you’re back to ice sports, cycling, are sitting or driving more, or have been hauling heavy packs, you may be at risk for hip flexor tightness and pain. The biggest and deepest of the hip flexors is the iliopsoas, which begins as one muscle and splits off into two, the psoas major and the iliacus. About 50% of the population also has a psoas minor muscle.

Iliopsoas trigger points can cause pain in the most unusual places, including the mid and low back, upper buttocks, hips, groin, abdomen, and pelvic floor.

Hip flexor pain can be so debilitating, you may back off from your favourite activities, have a hard time sleeping, and may not be able to stand straight without pain. Tight iliopsoas muscles can also increase scoliosis, misalign the hips, and put compression on the intervertebral disks. There are so many ways to go about releasing these deep muscles that it’s a shame for anyone to suffer because they’re tight.

Source: Youtube,

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