Here's What You Need to Know About Hip Flexors & Back Pain
Hip Flexors and Low Back Pain
Did you know that it is difficult to have a low back pain condition where your hip flexors are not significantly involved? Let's take a look at why this is:
The biggest hip flexor is the Psoas muscle. It originates on the Spine in the lumbar region and attaches to the femur. So it transverses the body from your low back to the front side of your hip.
When there is an issue with the Psoas muscle, the Lumbar spine has added pressure on it and becomes hyperlordotic (read: NOT GOOD). A Psoas issue can also cause facet syndrome of the Lumbar Spine (read: EVEN WORSE).
ALSO...a weak or shortened Psoas will cause the Quad muscles to accomplish the majority of hip flexion which can lead to a strained hip, quad, a change in normal biomechanics OR other injuries.
So if you, or anyone you know has poor posture while standing, notices an issue with hip extension during workouts, OR has pain when rising from a seated position (among other things), there's a good chance there is a Psoas problem.
It can also lead to groin pain, difficulty walking, an increase of back pain during menstruation, and other issues.
Stretching the Psoas is always a good first step (see image below for a good hip flexor stretch). But, if stretching alone does not help...
What's the Solution?
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Psoas/Hip Flexor Stretch: You can also raise the same side arm to the ceiling for increased stretch!
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