We find that so many people rush their stretches or do not do them specifically enough so create more problems!
Doing a hip flexor stretch properly can help with lots of things from pain to recovery. It also takes less time!
- Know how to do a pelvic tilt!
Understanding your pelvic tilt and how it increases your stretch will make you feel this movement much more in your thigh. It will also take it out of your back!
- Stay upright
If you notice that you are leaning backwards, try to stack your ribs over your pelvis and move the pelvis only. Put your hands on your pubic bone and lower back to help you feel this.
- Pad the knee
You need to keep the middle of you stretching knee under the hip joint. If this is painful, put a cushion under the knee to pad it out a bit
- Don’t worry, it is not about balance!
Hold onto a wall or something for support. Stretching is not about challenging your balance but allowing your muscles to let go. Struggling with your balance just gives 1 more thing to think about!
- Do some strength work too
How about using strength work to help increase your mobility? Or even use the stretches to open you a window to create some change and use the strength to keep you there!
Remember, if you are not strong enough to stay in a certain range, your body will naturally bounce back to where you are strong enough.
Education is key
These exercises are designed for us to give to our clients. If you have not seen one of our therapists and have any questions about injuries, what you have read or whether this may be useful to you, please just ask please link to a contact form which opens in the same page. We are more than happy to help anyone and point you in the right direction. Our biggest belief is that education is key. The more you understand about your injury, illness and movement, the more you are likely to improve.
If you are not sure whether this is for you, simply get in touch. We are here to help!