Why Hip Flexors are Important

When we do exercises and workout, more emphasis is normally placed on general fitness and strength. I personally do regular exercises and my routines are designed to keep me in good shape and to maintain my overall weight. For many of us, we put little attention to exercises for “basic needs” muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons.

For many motorcycle riders I know of, one of the most common health issues they experience is painful hips especially during long drives. My curiosity led me to an article about hip flexor muscles. Better known as iliopsoas, these are a group of muscles that pulls the knee upward during various activities. The three muscles that compose the hip flexors are the Psoas minor, Psoas major and the Iliacus muscles. Any injury or inflammation to these muscles could lead to hip flexor pain. Additionally, if you are not too careful during intense activities, you could end up having a torn labrum hip which is a more serious condition.

Hip flexors are really significant because they play a vital role in hip mobility; yet not much attention is given to them. We use these muscles in many simple everyday activities such as walking, running, climbing to your motorcycle, or climbing the stairs and exercising. Because of their involvement in day-to-day activities, it is important to have healthy hip flexors.

If people do not care enough about their hip flexors, they could have hip flexors that are tight, inflexible, weak and not durable. This is especially true for people who often sit for many hours in their office or who do long drives. It is no wonder why many motorcycle riders experience hip flexor problems. Eventually, unhealthy and unfit hip flexors could lead to limited mobility. It can also result to other health problems such as having glutes that are not functioning well, hamstring tightness, lower back problems, knee problems, pelvic tilting, and others.

For most people who have hip flexor problems, the most common reason is the tight and inflexible hip flexors as opposed to weak and not durable hip flexors. If you like to assess the flexibility of your hip flexor, you could do a simply personal test. Lie down on your back while letting your feet dangle at the edge of the bed. Start pulling your knee into the chest, and then slowly bring down your left leg until the thigh is resting on the bed while your foot and calf are still hanging off the edge. Repeat this with your right leg. If you could perform this test without feeling that your hip is forcefully stretched, then you have a flexible psoas. However, if you feel a stretching sensation in the front area of your upper thigh or the abdomen, one or both sides of your psoas may not be as flexible as it should be.

When you have psoas or hip flexor muscles that are not flexible, you will need stretching exercises. I was very determined to start hip flexor stretching exercises and have found out a number of exercises for this purpose. You can easily search them out online and start including these exercises in your daily routine.

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