I’m going to show you how to work through the right sequence of techniques to unlock the tension and tightness in your hip flexors to accurately solve the problem.
Yes, static stretching has its place, but you need to work your hips with a variety of precise movements, in the specific order.
Like opening a carefully wrapped gift, you must work the psoas muscle from different angles, using a variety of exercise techniques, to "unpack" the muscle in the right sequence.
If you think of your hip flexors as a safe combination lock, the correct numbers must be entered in the proper sequence for the lock to open.
Beyond simple static stretching here are some of the specific movements you need to increase hip mobility and loosen your hips, legs and back.
PNF is an acronym for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. It is a technique to decrease the stiffness around a joint by activating a particular muscle to relax the other muscles around the joint. In this case, your hips.
This is where you move a joint through its full range of motion in a progressive manner. Not only does this increase the range of motion around the joint, but it also warms up of the muscles around the joint and improves circulation. Two examples are high knees or butt kicks.
3-Dimensional Core Stability Exercises:
With these exercises, we are targeting the muscle in all planes of movement, so the hip flexors, core, and abdominal muscles have enough flexibility, endurance and strength in all planes of movement. Increased flexibility and strength lead to a decrease damaging stress on joints.
In these exercises, we are targeting the joint and doing actions that help the joint function optimally and to move more freely. I’ll show you the right time to do this in the program.
In this unique technique, we are targeting the fascia, the connective tissue that attaches muscles to bone and other muscles. If the fascia becomes stiff, then the muscle will lose its flexibility resulting in painful inflammation (fasciitis). My program will show you important do’s and don’ts of fascia stretching to avoid injury.
Muscle Activation Movements:
With this technique, we're targeting those muscles that are “switched off” from sitting too long in front of computers. Due to all of our daily technology use, and sedentary lifestyles, many of our muscles are not working properly. Unlock Your Hip Flexors will demonstrate how to activate them properly, in the right order, helping your body move more efficiently.
Now you know the specific techniques you need to unlock your hip flexors, the next question is how to combine these in the most efficient way.