Do you sit for 4 or more hours a day? If the answer is yes, then keep reading!
Prolonged sitting causes your hip flexors to get tight. Then, when you go to stand, it pulls on your lumbar spine, which leads to a multitude of lower back problems.
Understanding a bit about your hip flexors:
Two major muscles of the hip flexors are called the iliacus and psoas, collectively called the iliopsoas. These muscles originate from the front of the lumbar spine and iliac crest of the pelvis. They run through the abdomen and attach to your thigh bone (femur).
Your iliopsoas keeps your hips and lower back correctly aligned. Shortening of theses muscles can lead to compensatory movement patterns in the joints and muscles of the pelvis and lower back. Examples of these dysfunctions include excessive anterior pelvic tilt or increased arching of the low back.
Hip flexor tightness it is one of the leading causes of lower back and hip pain due to its direct attachments to both. Keeping it stretched out can help prevent this.
How to stretch your hip flexors?
To perform this stretch, kneel with one knee on the ground (you can use a towel underneath it for a cushion). As you lean forward you must keep your back straight, the stretch is typically felt deep into the front of your hip. Hold this stretch 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times a day.
All the best,