The Hip Flexor group muscles play critical roles in the human body. Sitting within the well of your hip and lower spine is the psoas major muscle, one of the two muscles that makes up the iliopsoas (Figure). The psoas attaches to the vertebrae of the lower spine,
moves through the pelvis and connects to a tendon at the top of the femur. It also attaches to the diaphragm, so it’s connected to your breathing, and upon it sits all the major organs.
A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength. Hip flexors are the engine through which our body moves. They control balance, our ability to sit, stand, twist, reach, bend, walk and step. Your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
Tight hip flexors affect nearly everybody, but few realize the impact on your whole body. When our hip flexors tighten, it causes a lot of problems such as:
- Pains in your legs, lower back and hips
- Walking with discomfort
- Hips locking up
- Bad posture
- Trouble sleeping
- Sluggishness in day to day life
- High anxiety
- Loss of sexual performance
Think of the hips as a barometer. The health and flexibility of your hip muscles are an indicator of the strength and health of our whole body.
It’s time to bring new life, energy and strength into your body by unlocking your hip flexors.