Lower back and upper leg issues can all stem from your posture.

Modern lifestyles encourage us to sit - a lot. Consider the time you spend at a desk, computer, eating, driving and watching TV. Sitting down puts your hips in a 90 degrees flexed position. Over long periods your body adapts to this position. Muscles can tighten and even shorten. Conversly running requires you to extend at the hip, meaning muscles may overstretch. The hip flexor (iliopsoas muscle group) originates at the lumber spine (lower back)  goes over the hip and attaches at the top of the femur (thigh). Subsequently problems here can affect your lower back, upper leg or hip.

How can you help combat tight hip flexors?

Firstly, try to break up the amount of time you sit for - set little reminders to move around the office and stretch your legs. Maybe get up and ask a colleague a question rather than email them.

Secondly, strengthen your core - do regular exercises which activitate the muscles which pull your belly button in and straighten your back. This helps to encourage good posture and protect against low back pain.

Thirdly, include plenty of hip mobilisation and strenghtening work in your warm up such as lunges and leg swings. 

 

 

 

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