Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pre-Workout Corrective Exercise #2 - Kneeling and Standing Hip Flexor Stretch




Last week I sent out the self massage technique ‘ Foam Roll Hip Flexors and Quads’.      The Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch and it’s variation, the Standing Hip Flexor Stretch, are good progressions after you foam roll this thigh area.   Even if you don’t have a foam roller you can still jump to this progression to prime yourself for exercise no matter where you are at.  Make sure you give this one a try if you have been sitting down for a long period. 

Pre-workout Corrective Exercise #2 : Kneeling and Standing Hip Flexor Stretch

Alignment Issue:  Over anteriorly (forward) tilted pelvis / Over arched lower back
Muscle Imbalance:   Tight Quadriceps and Hip Flexors (they pull the pelvis forward)
Pain Symptoms:  Lower back soreness and tightness.  Knee pain.
Common Cause:  Sitting down for long periods.   .
How this works:  Static stretching is still an effective technique for lengthening muscle and myofascial tissue.   A light pull on the tissue can help to re-align the cross-bridges within a muscle.  This brings it closer to its ideal resting length and optimizes the muscle for injury-free exercise.   
  
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
technique:
·         Use a soft mat or towel and kneel down with both knees at 90 degrees.
·         Draw your abdominals in and flex your kneeling (back) legs glute. 
·         Raise same sided arm of the kneeling leg and bend away to increase the stretch towards the upper hip flexors. 
·         Hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds (ideally 60 seconds). 

Standing Hip Flexor Stretch
technique:
·         Set your body into a lunge/split stance – with both feet pointing straight ahead.
·         Draw your abdominals in and flex your kneeling (back) legs glute. 
·         Raise same sided arm of the back leg and bend away to increase the stretch towards the upper hip flexors and Psoas. 
·         Hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds (ideally 60 seconds). 



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