BACK PAIN: Hip Flexors and Back Pain

BACK PAIN: Hip Flexors and Back Pain

I wonder how many people have gotten a back or hip operation when they could have avoided it by exercising their hip flexors? Wow. The implications are outrageous!

My lower back is in terrible shape.   Although I have been able to manage back pain through a series of physical therapy exercises, it finally took its toll in my hips.

Hip Flexors and Back Pain
I had back pain and did not understand the relationship of hip flexors to it.

I think the physical therapy I was doing was not addressing my hip flexor issue. It focused only on my lower back.

As well, I was sitting more for my work than usual. Sitting it seems was making it worse!

BACK PAIN: Hip Flexors and Back Pain

So I saw an article about Hip Flexors.  I didn’t even know what they were until I found a few words which opened my eyes. The page described the following symptoms to indicate my hip flexors needed help.

I had almost every one of these symptoms and some of them were getting worse!

  • Nagging joint pains in your legs, lower back or hips
  • Walking with discomfort
  • Hips locking up
  • Bad posture
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sluggishness in day to day life
  • High Anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Compromised Immune System
  • Circulatory issues
  • Loss of sexual performance
  • Lack of Explosiveness in the gym or sports

Then it said one of the causes of back pain could be tight hip flexors from sitting too much! I sit for a living, and had increased the amount of sitting I was doing of late because I was working on Internet marketing more.

So I started doing stretch and strengthening hip flexor and Psoas exercises.  The Psoas muscle is inside the hip flexors.

Withing a few days I began to feel better.

I still have some pain, but it is diminishing rapidly over time. For example, if I have been sitting for a while when I get up now I am somewhat stiff and in pain.

Another thing which I think is worth mentioning I feel less anxious, more optimistic, was like an athlete in ballet class this week, my immune system seems better, my digestion seems better and have more energy.

I have had problems as mentioned above in all these areas for most of my life and just thought it was the way it was. Now I feel better overall. Could hip flexors have been the cause of all of this?

Before I started these exercises I was bent over and needed to hang on a piece of furniture before I could walk. That was getting a bit embarrassing when I was out with friends.

Everyone else at the table could sit for dinner then get up and leave. When I got up I was bent over for a few minutes in deep pain before I could walk.

BACK PAIN: Hip Flexors and Back Pain

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