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How to Loosen Up Tight Hip Flexors

Why Are My Hips So Tight?

Hip pain comes in a variety of forms, including tightness and tension. Your hips may be tight for a number of reasons, including:

  • A tilted pelvis
  • Spending a lot of time on your feet
  • Sleeping without turning over
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Poor posture

In many cases, tight hips are a result of your lifestyle and exercise routine (or lack thereof).

Feelings of tension and stiffness come from tension in the hip flexor muscles which connect the thighs and upper legs. If you are experiencing tight hips, the worst thing you can do is ignore it, as this can create painful problems with your lower back, spine, and hamstrings.

Tips for Reducing Tension in Hip Flexors

There are a variety of ways to reduce hip pain and tightness. Generally, you may be able to alleviate hip tension by doing any of the following:

  • Targeted stretches: Break out the foam roller, ‘cause you’re going to need it! There are a variety of foam roller stretches you can do to help loosen your hip flexors and get the blood flowing. Other stretches like the butterfly stretch, pigeon stretch, and spiderman lunge stretch can be helpful in breaking up the tension in your hips and the surrounding muscles.
  • Getting a massage: People whose hip tightness comes in the aftermath of a surgery or injury may experience tension as a result of scar tissue. Massaging can break up scar tissue and increase the flow of blood and nutrients to the affected area, thereby decreasing pain and relaxing rigid muscles.
  • See a physical therapist: Your hip troubles may be the result of harmful motion patterns, an accident or injury, a sedentary lifestyle, or something else entirely. An experienced physical therapist will be able to help you identify the root cause of your hip tension and help you alleviate it safely and effectively, without risking further injury.

Rehab, Pain Management, & Physical Therapy Services in Houston

We can help you figure out what’s causing tension in your hip flexors and work with you to loosen them up. Our Houston physical therapists are also equipped to help you develop a plan that works for you and can help you keep your hips from becoming tight in the future. Connect with a member of our team today to schedule your first appointment at our injury rehab center in Houston.

If you require hip pain treatment, call QualCare Rehabilitation at (713) 588-0042 today or send us an email.