Hip tightness or pain is a frequent complaint of many. Sometimes this arises from lifestyle patterns, and other times from a previous injury that needs a little TLC. There are indeed many causes of hip pain. If you suffer from any pain that causes you to abstain from activities you previously engaged in, a trip to your health care provider is warranted. For many people yoga and physical therapy can help.
The hip joint is an amazing structure. It is made up of the femur (thigh) bone, and the pelvis. The top of the femur has a knobby protrusion on it that fits snugly into a concave area in the pelvis. Muscles, ligaments and tendons all give stability to this joint. The design of the hip joint allows for lots of motion. Additionally, it is able to handle the load of the upper body, even as we carry heavy objects, walk up stairs, or engage in sports. It’s designed to do all this with efficiency and grace as we propel forward through our days on our two legs.
However, as with any fine machine, we need to take good care of the hip joints for them to be at their best. Today’s lifestyle of relative immobility can cause tension and tightness in the hips. Since we sit with our hips bent for hours on end, the hip flexors at the front of the thigh get tight. These muscles shorten which can cause pain in the low back, hips and knees. If you have tension in any of these areas, or feel pain while walking, then you may be able to find relief from movement, stretching, and strengthening. Ideally, you should try to stretch and strengthen all the muscles that attach at the hip….those on the front, back and sides of the thigh.
Tr.uCore Yoga can really help create both strength and openness in tight muscles. If you want to try a yoga or fitness class to help all your body parts feel better, subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our weekly offerings….or schedule your own class according to your schedule with our Flexbooking. To try some yoga postures on your own, some good choices to keep your hips happy and healthy are:
- Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)
- Paraghasana (Gate Pose)
- Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1)
- Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
- Figure 4 Stretch
- Vasisthasana (Side Plank)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) (Also one-legged bridge for strengthening)
- Gomukhasana (Cow-face pose)
- Eka Pada Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
- Bird Dog Pose
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