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Back pain? Bad Posture? Weak Glutes? Look at your hip flexors!
Many people attempt to "stretch the psoas" just because it hurts, or because it seems to be fashionable these days... what if psoas is suffering because of other muscles not working properly? What if we have to strengthen it instead of just stretch it? What if it is not Psoas that is the problem at all?
Tight hip flexors are a modern-day epidemic. Every time you sit, your hip flexors get used to being short in their length. And the longer time you spend sitting, the tighter your hip flexors get.
Having unrestricted hip flexors gives you the following benefits:
The range of motion
Power in your hip extensors
Neutral spinal tilt
Back pain prevention
Lower back injury prevention
As well as other issues around the hip and spine.
Your body does not discriminate what you do when you sit, or where you sit.
Your body does not discriminate what you do when you sit, or where you sit. If your hips are flexed, or there is an angle between your torso and your upper leg, your nervous system begins to adjust to that length. Whether you are sitting at a dinner table, at work, on a couch or even on the toilet, makes no difference.
When it comes to your hip flexors, your nervous system only understands the following:
Your hip flexors are in a neutral range when you stand or when you lay down in straight line.
Your hip flexors are in short lengths when you sit or bent forward at your hips.
Your hip flexors are in long range when you stretch them by hyperextending your hip joint.
While professional athletes get benefits of having flexible hip flexors, for variety of activities, from doing splits to doing jumps. Most fitness enthusiasts doing our EasyFlexibility Hip Flexors program use it to correct various imbalances, usually from spending a long time in a sitting position.
PSOAS is just ONE muscle! There are 6 hip flexors + 4 adductors that flex the hip!
One of the biggest hurdles to hip flexors flexibility is the proper understanding of what the hip flexors are. Unfortunately, even today most people when thinking of the hip flexors think of the Psoas. But Psoas is just one hip flexor, there are six. Plus, adductors also flex the hip of which there are four adductors, that's a total of ten muscles involved.
While all of these muscles flex the hip, they also all do something else. For example, in standing position these muscles bring your femur up, forward and over to your body.
There are no two hip flexors that do the same job. And if only one of them is tight, you will not get proper hip extension.
This means that when you stand vertically you might have a hip that is:
The knee might be slightly bent. Because one adductor Gracilis and one hip flexor Sartorius cross the knee, and they both flex it. Tensor Fascia Latte has its effect on the knee, as well, through the iliotibial band.
As you can see, proper flexibility of the hip flexors requires all six hip flexors plus four adductors to be flexible along their own lines of pull.
And that is exactly what our EasyFlexibility Hip Flexors program offers you: An ability to work on all aforementioned muscles separately assuring each muscle strength and flexibility needed to do its job in getting your hip flexors flexible!
Try our hip flexors program to see how different and how much more effective it is than any of the other hip flexor programs you’ve tried before. See for yourself what you have been missing all this time.
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Paul Zaichik is an exercise science expert. His specialty is flexibility training as well as bodyweight conditioning. His innovative method is designed to have a maximum carry over into specific athletic techniques.