How to Quickly Relax Your Tight Hip Flexors

If you spend a lot of time each day sitting, there’s a good chance your hip flexor muscles are too tight. This can cause all kinds af health problems like nagging joint pain, bad posture and even trouble sleeping and digestive problems.

When it’s functioning properly the psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.

If you want to check whether or not your psoas is too tight, try this simple test.

If so, here’s a simple exercise you can do to quickly relax your hip flexors.

Transcript: How to RELAX Your Tight Hip Flexors
Hey there, coach Chris, head strength coach at CriticalBench.com. I’m going over today a very simple easy to do exercise that really isn’t an exercise at all. It’s a way to relax a very important muscle in your body. That’s the psoas muscle. It’s in that hip flexor group.

So I’m going to drop down here and I have Michelle already in the proper position. Her knees are bent. Her feet are roughly about 16-18 inches apart. She’s in nice alignment here. She’s relaxed. She’s not trying to tilt her pelvis or do anything. It’s just a relaxed position. Neutral spine.

What she’s going to do. She’s just going to very lightly hold on to this pad with very very little pressure, okay. Because this is something that she wants to be able to maintain and hold for several minutes at a time, okay.

If you feel fatigued or feel tired in any way you’re probably just squeezing a little bit too much on there. What this is doing is actually releasing the deep muscles that are – you can’t obviously see them – the deep muscles that attach to our lumbar spine into the top of our femur.

It’s a very very interesting muscle group, the psoas major, and that muscle becomes constantly under stress when we’re in a seated position all day long at work, in the car, at home.

So what we’re doing is we’re releasing that muscle we’re letting it stretch out, we’re letting it lengthen and just relax. And what that muscle does is just a numerous amount of things for us, and so by letting that muscle just relax and letting the tension out of that muscle, it’s going to do so much for us in our ability to perform in the gym.

So, I hope this was very helpful to you. Do this for several minutes at a time. Just find a spot on the floor at home, at the gym and you’ll get a lot out of this I promise you.

In order for an athlete to perform at their best they need to perform with explosive power through their hips.

The hip flexors or psoas are one of your body’s most powerful, primal muscles. They form the connection between your upper and lower body. Because of our sedentary lifestyle millions of people are – often unknowlingly – suffering from all kinds of health problems.

Critical Bench has a complete program that teaches you a simple 10 minute routine you can easily do at home to release the tension in your psoas muscle. It’s called ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors’. You can find more information about it here, or read our review of the program here.

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