The hip flexors, or psoas, are a group of muscles that are responsible for lifting your knees and hinging at the waist. They are located deep in the abdomen and are some of the strongest muscles in the body. This can be a major source of pain after running.
Because this muscle group is used constantly with daily movement, it undergoes a lot of stress. Movements like running or kicking can especially stress the hip flexors, which is why athletes, especially runners or soccer players, are prone to hip flexor injuries or pain. The pain in this muscle group is usually felt in the hip region where the thigh meets the pelvis.
All in the Hips: Psoas Pain
One of the most common causes of hip flexor pain is actually weak glut muscles. A sedentary job that requires you to sit for roughly eight hours a day is one of the most common causes of back pain and weak gluts. Over time this repeated position can cause the muscle to shorten and induce pain. The seated position strains the hip flexors because the body is stuck with the legs at a 100 degree angle with the hip flexors contracted. Since the gluts are not used the majority of the day, they become weaker. The body compensates by tilting the hips forward and keeping the hip flexors tight.
If your hip flexors have tightened, this can cause stiffness. But a true injury, such as a strain, can happen when the tight muscles suddenly get extended. This can put major stress on the muscle and cause immediate pain.
Hip Flexor Pain: Performance Chiropractic Treatment
At Performance Chiropractic, our trained providers conduct a thorough one-on-one injury evaluation to pinpoint the root cause of the pain. Once identified, your provider will recommend a custom treatment plan designed to get you back to your pain-free life as quickly as possible. Through highly specific manual therapy + active release technique, your Performance Chiropractic provider will correct the underlying issue to rapidly eliminate pain and provide lasting results.
In addition to Performance Chiropractic treatment, we also equip our patients with at-home exercises to speed recovery and prevent future injuries. Isolated stretches are especially important in keeping the hip flexors loose and pain-free. Your provider may also prescribe exercises using specific tools such as the foam roller or a lacrosse ball to release tension in certain muscle groups.
If your hips feel tight or your range of motion is limited and keeping you from an active lifestyle, Call Performance Chiropractic + Sports Rehab today to schedule an appointment.