6 Ways to Ease Hip Inflexibility
Jan 25, 2021
As we sit at a desk all day or even stand and walk all day we place ourselves in a position to tighten our hip flexors. And today we are going to discuss 6 ways to help with this.
The hip flexors are several muscles that bring your legs and trunk together in a flexion movement. They allow you to move your leg or knee up towards your torso, as well as to bend your torso forward at the hip. You can strain or tear your hip flexor muscles through sudden movements or falls.
It is important to keep our hip flexors flexible.
Here are 6 Ways to Ease Hip Inflexibility
1. Squats throughout the day. Stand up and sit down in your chair during commercials on TV or while on hold on the phone. Doing about 20 squats a time and do this about 4-5 times a day.
2. Obviously stretching helps. Do the following stretches. Hold for 20-30 seconds per stretch for optimal benefit.
#3 MASSAGE or foam roll: A good massage therapist can really help treat this tightness. They know how to alleviate that pressure that is being put on the nerve. You can also use a foam roller to work out the tight areas. You can get a foam roller on Amazon for less than $25. Click Here for a link to one right now!
#4. WARM BATH WITH EPSOM SALT: Something about Epsom salt helps to alleviate the pain and stress in the body. It actually pulls toxins from the body. I recommend warm Epsom salt soaks to my clients who are new to working out to alleviate sore muscles. If you do not have access to a bathtub you can always do a warm compress by soaking a towel in warm Epsom salt water and then placing it on the area you are treating. My favorite is Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt in Lavendar. Click here for a link to it on Amazon.
#5. WARM / COLD Treatment: Icy Hot is a topical pain reliever that gets ICY to dull the pain, then gets HOT to relax it away. You can find Icy Hot in the pain-relief aisle of grocery stores, superstores, and drug stores everywhere. Add this before your stretches. Warm compresses are also good for sciatica/hip pain. Use a heating pad every few hours until the pain is reduced.
#6. TURMERIC SUPPLEMENTS: Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps with nerve pain and inflammation. Because moving tight muscles hurts Turmeric is a great recommendation to help with this. Here is a smoothie recipe I recommend to try which helps with moving tight and sore joints and muscles.