What is a hip flexor

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Hip flexors - cause of much pain

Hardly any other muscle in our body is given so little attention and leads to so many problems at the same time. Should you stretch the hip flexor now? Should you train him specifically or do you even leave him alone? As almost always, there are a lot of different opinions on this subject.

On one point, however, almost everyone agrees. Once the hip flexor is shortened, this will sooner or later lead to problems for those affected. These then often express themselves in the form of back pain, whereby the shortening has an impact on the entire skeletal system and so often other ailments such as knee pain, problems with the sacroiliac joint and much more can be explained.

There will be no general answer as to what is really right, because every person is different. It is quite possible that there are athletes who can stretch their hip flexors further and further without the desired result being achieved. In contrast to this, however, many affected people can also be observed in whom there is not only felt progress after the first stretch.

Why do so many people have hip flexor problems?

Many people have a shortened hip flexor without realizing it. It is the increasing amount of sedentary activity that favors the shortening. This is logical, because the iliopsoas (lumbar and iliac muscle), as it is technically correct, is a muscle about 4 cm thick, which consists of the large lumbar muscle and the iliac muscle. It is one of the most important muscles in the human body. The main function is to flex the hip and, of course, to extend it. As a result, if the hip flexor is shortened, it is more difficult to stand correctly upright.

In people with sedentary work, however, the hips are flexed for a long period of the day, which means that the muscles tend to adapt to this permanent position and shorten.

Another group are athletes who put enormous strain on the hip flexor and thus sooner or later overload them. This is very common with runners and soccer players.

How are the problems noticed?

If pain is already present, the hip flexor should always be considered. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the norm. Again and again there are reports of patients who have been to physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists without suspecting the hip flexor. The SI joint is then doctored, physiotherapy and massages are prescribed. It is wallpapered, injected and if nothing has helped, it is called "unspecific pain", in the worst case, the patients are even placed in the "psychological corner".

Of course, it's not always the hip flexor to blame, but in many cases stretching and strengthening the lumbar iliac muscle has helped.

It is just as problematic for people who do not feel any pain or problems at all. Nevertheless, the hip flexor can often no longer perform its function to the full. Here it is advisable to recognize the problem in good time and to prevent it, before pain occurs first.

How can it be tested?

Whether there are problems with the hip flexor can be found out relatively quickly. There are also a number of exercises in which you can immediately see that the hip flexor is not doing its job to the full. In most cases, those affected cannot perform these exercises at all, or at least not without pain.

If you want to test your hip flexor, you can of course do so yourself with one of the many freely available exercises on YouTube at your own risk. However, we at Quickfit Dresden advise you to entrust this to a trainer or physiotherapist. The Quickfit coaching team will of course also advise those interested in this topic who are not yet a member of our fitness studio.

You just have to come to the Quickfit during opening hours or make an appointment with our trainers online.