Are you suffering discomfort or pains due to tight hip flexors?
Tight hip flexors affect nearly everybody, even me. Very few people realize the impact and serious consequences which affect your whole body. This muscle is the core of activity in your body. So, when it’s out of balance or if the hip flexors tighten, it causes a lot of problems in ordinarily healthy and active people, like us. I’m not just talking about a bit of soreness; tight hip flexors are the root cause of problems such as:
- Hips locking up
- Nagging joint pains in your legs, lower back or hips
- Walking with discomfort
- Bad posture
- Trouble sleeping
- Sluggishness in day to day life
- High Anxiety
- Digestive problems
- Compromised Immune System
- Circulatory issues
- Loss of sexual performance
- Lack of Explosiveness in the gym or sports
If you are suffering from any of these problems then it’s likely due to your hip flexors having become tight or strained. If you’re in a hurry you can go straight to the website here for more information. Click Here!
What are my hip flexors and why are they important?
Some of you may be asking what are my hip flexors and why are they important? Well you’ll probably be amazed to find out that this muscle, also known as the psoas is one of the longest muscles in the body. It’s also the only muscle in the body that connects the lower and upper part of your body and is the centre of your body’s movements. This important muscle controls your balance, ability to sit, stand, twist, bend, reach, walk, step and run.
When your hip flexors are working well it has the ability to:
- Help you achieve peak performance day after day after day.
- Rapidly drop body fat that clings to your body.
- Hit your peak of sexual health.
- Train harder and gain strength faster than you thought possible.
How can I fix this problem?
To explain about how you can fix this let me introduce you to leading Kinesiologist and Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj. Rick has given over 352 live presentations to more than 8,152 health professionals in the US and Canada. He is the person the fitness professionals go to when they want to learn the latest techniques to help their clients. Using his knowledge and experience Rick has created an eBook and two parts DVD series called ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors’. Rick has created a series of 10 stretches called ‘Sequential Flow Method’ which when working through the right sequence of techniques unlocks the tension and tightness in your muscles.
Before this I never knew about my hip flexors or that it was causing me problems, but I’ve since started reading up on this problem and have bought the Unlock Your Hip Flexors eBook and DVD set and I am starting my own journey to loosen my hip flexors.
In his eBook Rick goes into detail about:
- How your hip flexors work
- The flight or fight response for this muscle
- How sitting is killing you
- Sitting & your sex life
- How to increase performance in exercise
- How tight hips lead to extra weight
- How Tight psoas can make you look fat
- Psoas and effects on emotion and energy
- Why static stretching alone isn’t the answer
- And the 10 stretches for the ‘Sequential flow method’ routine
I’ve found all of this information really helpful as it explains to me why my hip flexors working well are so important to my body functioning properly. They then explain how to do the stretches detailed in the book and displayed in the video work to properly loosen my hip flexors, giving me greater mobility and less back pain.
However this needs to be done carefully as it is explained in the book and video that performing these stretches wrong can make it worse. This is probably why so many people give up on trying to fix the problem themselves and assume that they have to live with the problem, or spend lots of money on numerous trips to the physio. Unfortunately, ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away is just as damaging as messing up the stretches, which can be easily fixed by a trip to the physio.
The two videos that are also provided with the eBook are both easy to understand and follow along with.
DVD 1 – The first DVD is a full run through of the 10 stretches shown by a model with Rick also on screen explaining each stretch in detail, how it works, why you’re doing it etc. I found this video especially informative to watch first before I began my stretches as I was given step-by-step instructions on how to perform the stretches properly, how you know if you’re doing them wrong and you can see at the same time what it should look like.
DVD 2 – The second DVD is a shorter run through of all of the stretches with just the model on screen calling out the name of the stretch before performing it. This video is especially good for when you understand how to do the stretches and to watch and follow along with the video yourself.
I’ve only recently discovered my hip flexors myself and what affect they have on the body when they’re not working properly or are strained. But since I’ve started using these stretches I have felt a marked difference in how I feel and I struggle with less back pain from sitting in an office chair all day than before, pain which I had just assumed I would have to live with and was normal.
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