(I know, really cute play on words.) In last weeks "Workout Wednesday", I discussed the psoas (pronounced "so as") muscles and their importance in our core strength. There is so much more to these guys than I can discuss today, yet most of us have no idea how common hip and back pain are associated with tight or unused psoas muscles. Why? Because we sit so darn much!
Without boring you to tears, the lower section of the psoas is the hip floexors. When the hip flexors are flexed a lot of the time, they will shorten up, resulting in a tight psoas.
|Where the psoas attaches to the hip is the "hip flexors". (Diagram courtesy of StrongLifts.)|
OK, so, what do you do about it? Stretch, stretch, stretch! And here's how:
I am proposing that you do these stretches every half hour you are seated. Just try it! Let me know how it feels.
|Begin in this position. Think: Lengthening from the front hip up through spine. |
Tuck pelvis enough to feel the front of the hip (my right).
|If you require more, elevate arms overhead and reach from your hips and spine, not your arms.|
Tuck your tailbone a bit more.
|And if you can handle a bit more, lean back from the low spine, pull up and back, not arching from the low back.|
|The stretch can be performed while standing. So, there is no excuse NOT to do them!|