Balance the psoas' strength with that of the other hip flexors
and surrounding muscles--the abdominals, glutes, and hamstrings--and maintain its flexiblity with exercise, says Aaron.
Another cause your husband should be aware of: His hip flexors
may have become tight, causing the hamstrings to become tight, which then causes an unnatural knee extension and flexion when walking, and may lead to knee pain.
Target area: Stretches the hip flexors
(the muscles running from the hip to the thigh that allow the knee to pull up).
Then stretch your hip flexors
, quads, hamstrings, calves and turnout muscles to lengthen the muscles after working them all day.
Activities and sports that include running and jumping can make the outer hips tight, while sitting for long periods of time in the office can shorten and stiffen the front hip flexors
In running, an overly frontward-tilted pelvis results in overlengthened hamstrings while the quadriceps and hip flexors
are short and tight.
The purpose was to investigate the effects of different agonist and antagonist stretching arrangements of hip flexors
and extensors on hip SROM and DROM in trained male subjects.
Stretching the hip flexors
also helps both forms of spinal stenosis, since tight hip flexors
will pull on the lumbar spine, which exacerbates low-back pain.
The patient demonstrated additional bilateral improvements in the motor function of hip flexors
and knee extensors and for the first time bilateral contractions of the ankle dorsiflexors and ankle plantar flexors.
Two of the most important muscles needed for an active life are often the most neglected: the hip flexors
. "The hip flexors
are in action whenever you walk, climb stairs, or stand, or participate in almost any kind of activity, such as swimming, running, cycling, or yoga," says Daniel Salazar, PT, with UCLA Health.
"The quads, hip flexors
and groin muscles on the opposite leg play a big role in how much work the hamstrings have to do.
"Most people actually use their hip flexors
to do a crunch, not their abs.