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Corporate Health -Stretches for the Hip Flexors

Corporate lifestyle = many hours in seated position, this causes many muscles to shorten/stiffen up, causing postural problems and often pain. Stretching is an easy method of self care that you can do to assist in relieving muscle shortening and discomfort.  Previously in this blog I have shown stretches for the upper body and how to safely execute them. This stretch is focused further down the body, we are looking at the hip flexors. These muscles are located deep, attaching to the spine, pelvis and thigh bones. Often when they are tight they can send an achey pain into the lower back and or thigh. If you have any joint conditions or major concerns get a doctors clearance to confirm that you are safe to proceed with these stretches. All stretching should be done slowly, deliberately into and out of the stretch, holding the stretch for at least 10 seconds.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a hip, back or knee injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

 

  • This stretch is performed in a lunge position. The target hip will be the side that has the leg down the other side will be holding most of your weight and shifting your body weight until a desired stretch is achieved. To assist you can allow one knee to touch the ground or you can hover it off the ground (starting position-picture on the left).
  • Use a stable support for balance such as a wall.
  • Inhale, on the exhale while gently lunging further forward, bending the front leg, ensure to maintain a straight spine/natural curves. Do not push forward in the low back, this may lead to injury, avoid doing the stretch if you can not achieve the stretch without arching/pushing your back forward.
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds.(stretch picture on the right)
  • Focus on breathing while stretching.
  • Gently push back out of the stretch and repeat 3-5 times.
  • Repeat the whole process on the other side.

The demonstration supplied is an example however if you have greater flexibility your back leg may be quite a bit further back, avoid bending the front knee more than 90deg, to reduce stressors on the knee. If you have less flexibility you may find that you can not start with your target leg knee straight down and you may feel a stretch before the the hip is straight.

There is a degree of difficulty in this stretch, always ensure that you are only working to your capabilities and if in doubt obtain a medical clearance before you proceed. This blog does not intend to replace any exercise specialist advice if so required we suggest that you seek professional assistance.

Massage can be another effective treatment for tight hip flexors and may offer relief. These muscles have a powerful effect on our posture, to have them released can make a big difference to and individuals posture.

To view the Trapezius stretch  Click here

To view the Chest stretches  Click here

To view the Forearm stretches Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches Click here

Happy stretching!

Stretching is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

Body and Mindset Wellness – Corporate Massage

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Easy Upper Back Stretch

Easy Upper Back stretches

In conjunction with the chest stretches this stretch is wonderful to help relieve pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting  stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch

  • Sit up right, tall in your chair, with feet flat on the floor
  • Interlace your fingers with your arms out in front of you
Starting position for the Rhomboids (between the shoulder blades)

Starting position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius (between the shoulder blades)

  • Inhale, then on the exhale gently push your hands forward and away from you
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds
  • Focus on breathing while stretching
Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

*Ensure you keep your head up. If you find it difficult to feel the stretch, you may use a fixed pole to link your hands around and pull back gently to feel the stretch. Ensure you keep your feet in a wide stance to support your body weight and control the resistance level of the stretch.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

Happy stretching!

This is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

Body and Mindset Wellness – Corporate Massage in Melbourne, Australia

To discuss your requirements, please Click here or feel free to call us on 1300 796 940

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