Our hip flexors are the engine that makes our body move. Everything goes through the hips. When our hip flexors tighten it causes a lot of problems for people active like me. A lot of people end up having tight hip flexors and do not realize it.
Tight hip flexors are the root cause of problems such as:
- Walking with discomfort
- Hips locking up
- Bad posture
- Trouble sleeping
- Digestive problems
- Circulatory issues
- Loss of sexual performance
- Lack of Explosiveness in the gym or sports
Your hips are the bridge link between your upper body and your lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
Even if you are a top athlete, you can suffer from a tight psoas due to the amount of time you spend each day planted to a chair. The psoas is the only muscle in the human body connecting the upper body to the lower body. You have to go beyond simple static stretching. Holding a few static stretches for a period of time to try and gain hip flexibility is not the solution to unlock your hip flexors.
You need to strengthen the muscle from multiple angles using a variety of exercises in order to unlock your hip.
According to Mike Westerdal (creator of “Unlock Your Hip Flexors” and national best-selling fitness author), there is some specific techniques you need to unlock your hip flexors. Some of these techniques include:
- Proprioceptive Peuromuscular Facilitation Stretching: It is a technique where you are activating a specific muscle in order to relax the muscles around a joint so you can decrease the stiffness around a joint.
- Dynamic Stretching: This is where you are activating the muscle around a joint and moving that joint through its full range of motion in a progressive manner.
- 3-Dimensional Core Stability Exercises: These exercises are targeting the muscle in all planes of movement so the core and abdominal muscles have good activation, endurance and strength in all planes of movement.
- Mobility Exercises: These exercises are targeting the joint and doing movements and exercises that help the joint function optimally.
- Fascia Stretching: This technique is targeting the tissue that muscles are surrounded in and working on loosening and lengthening the fascia.
- Muscle Activation Movements: With this technique, we’re targeting those muscles that are not are not working properly and activate them in order to help the body move more efficiently.
Some of the specialists like Rick Kaselj are using a sequential flow method. The injury specialist Rick Kaselj helps to learn how to work through the right sequence of techniques to unlock the tension and tightness in my muscles to properly solve problems. Even if you know all the movements, you must do the movements in the right order.
There is a program called Unlock Your Hip Flexors made by Mike Westerdal and Rick Kaselj. This program is divided in two parts. The first is a Coaching Instructional Video where Rick takes you through each exercise in detail, so you fully understand why you are doing that exercise. The second part is a step by step format made so you can do the flow alongside the video.