Physical Therapy: What causes tight hip flexors and how to help them

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tight hip flexors are a common problem for many people.. The hip flexors are a group of muscles that run from the lower back through the pelvis and down to the thigh bone. When these muscles become tight, it can cause discomfort and even lead to other issues such as lower back pain or knee problems.
Causes of tight hip flexors:

  • Prolonged sitting: As mentioned earlier, prolonged sitting is one of the main causes of tight hip flexors. When we sit for long periods, the hip flexor muscles are in a shortened position, which can cause them to become tight and weak over time.
  • Poor posture: Poor posture, such as slouching or leaning forward, can also contribute to tight hip flexors. This puts unnecessary stress on the hip flexor muscles and can cause them to become tight and overworked.
  • Overuse during exercise: Overuse during exercise, such as repeatedly performing high-impact movements like running or jumping, can cause the hip flexors to become tight and overworked.
  • Emotional stress: Emotional stress can also lead to tightness in the hip flexors as the body tends to hold tension in this area.

How Physical therapy help tight Hip flexors

Tight hip flexors can be a common problem for many people, causing discomfort and even affecting daily activities. However, a physiotherapist can help alleviate the symptoms and improve overall function.

Firstly, a physiotherapist will assess the patient’s hip flexors to identify the root cause of the issue. They may use techniques such as manual therapy, which involves hands-on techniques like massage and stretching to release tension and increase flexibility in the hip flexor muscles.
Next, the physiotherapist will prescribe exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the hip flexors. This can include stretches like the kneeling hip flexor stretch and strengthening exercises such as leg lifts and lunges. The physiotherapist will also work with the patient to create an exercise plan tailored to their individual needs and goals. The physiotherapist may also provide advice on posture correction and workplace ergonomics to prevent the development of tight hip flexors in the future.
Physiotherapists play a crucial role in helping patients with tight hip flexors. Through assessment, manual therapy, exercise prescription, posture correction, and prevention, physiotherapists can help patients alleviate pain and discomfort, increase flexibility, and improve overall function. If you are experiencing tight hip flexors, consider seeking the help of a qualified physiotherapist. Here at Align our specialised Physiotherapists can provide an effective personalised treatment plan for tight hip flexors by assessing, treating, and preventing the issue through manual therapy, exercise prescription, and posture correction safely and effectively to help patients achieve the best possible results.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css=”.vc_custom_1677499582653{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #00afbf !important;}”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”BOOK NOW” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ffffff” outline_custom_hover_background=”#ffffff” outline_custom_hover_text=”#00afbf” shape=”round” align=”center” button_block=”true” el_class=”popmake-14473″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_btn title=”GO TO HOMEPAGE” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ffffff” outline_custom_hover_background=”#ffffff” outline_custom_hover_text=”#00afbf” shape=”round” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”|title:Physiotherapy%2C%20Chiropractic%20Treatment%2C%20Sports%20Massage%2C%20Osteopathic%20Treatment%2C%20Dry%20Needling%2C%20Cupping%20in%20Abu%20Dhabi%20%E2%80%93%20Align”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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