The hip muscles form a vital link in the lower body’s connective chain. These 17 muscles provide balance, stability, and range of motion for all of your daily activities. When one or more of these muscles becomes injured or tight, the ripple effect is significant. Learning about how to prevent hip pain will benefit you in the future.
While overuse, a sudden fall or other injury can impact hip flexibility, tight hip muscles very often stem from a lack of activity. Sitting at a desk all day can quite quickly cause a tightening and shortening of the muscles. The result of any of these causes the muscles in your hips to lack proper range of motion and strength. When your hip flexors get stiff and fail to do their job sufficiently, your lower back and hamstrings have to compensate by doing the hip’s job of flexing and extending the leg and hip.
We’ve all heard a lot about core strengthening but maintaining flexibility of your core (hip flexors, glutes, piriformis, IT band, and hamstrings) is every bit as critical to reducing the risk of injury and maintaining long-term mobility. In fact, reduced flexibility not only impacts your ability to perform everyday tasks, but it is one of the leading causes of injuries.
Please see our hip pain exercises for more information.