3 things to know about hip flexors

The hip flexors are a group of muscles located on the front top of your thigh in the pelvic area, and allow you to flex your hips and bend your knees to your hips.

The hip flexor muscles play an important role in your ability to move around and stabilize yourself.

Here are 3 things to know about hip flexors:

1. Sitting too long tightens your hip flexors.

If you work in a seated position with limited movement during the day, your hip flexors tighten and shorten. A sedentary lifestyle can also lead to tight hip flexors and hip flexor pain. This can cause posture and mobility problems as well as lower back pain.

When the hip flexors are weak, your joints and spine can compensate to carry your weight instead and place added strain on your knees and lower back. You can use a foam roller to loosen up tight hips.

2. Get moving to prevent tight hips.

Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Get up and move every hour or so, especially if you sit at a desk. It is also important to warm up before a workout and stretch at the completion of your workout. Stretching and massage can also help reduce the risk of tight hip flexors.

3. Relieve pain with physical therapy

Common hip flexor injuries include strains and tendonitis. While stretching can help prevent strains, hip flexor injuries can seriously limit physical activity. Be Fit PT & Pilates in Downers Grove uses hands-on therapy to reduce and relieve symptoms and restore lost flexibility.

The physical therapists at Be Fit PT & Pilates work with the patient in determining the most suitable approach to treatment.

Most health insurance plans will pay for some physical therapy, while some insurers require a referral from a doctor. Be Fit! Physical Therapy and Pilates is an independent rehabilitation and exercise facility in Downers Grove and accepts most major medical insurances.

Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates: 4934 Main St. Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630.964.4008, www.befitpt.com