How can limited hip mobility effect you?
Poor hip mobility can limit you in your day-to-day activities and affect the way you move. When this happens it can sometimes lead to gait issues and muscle dysfunctions. The human body is an incredibly adaptable and when lack of movement occurs other muscle groups and joint structures adjust to help compensate for lack of mobility or flexibility within the soft tissues.
Benefits of improving hip mobility:
- Reduces lower back pain
- Improves performance (increases speed and explosiveness)
- Reduces pain from day-to-day activities in affected areas
- Increases hip flexibility
Can lack of hip mobility be a cause of lower back pain?
The answer is yes.
Lack of joint mobility in the hip structure can put strain on your lower back.
The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body – it is responsible for holding most of our weight when we stand, walk and run. The hip joint and pelvis are responsible for giving us a solid foundation. If there is a dysfunction, injury or lack of mobility and stability within the joint area, this can lead to other structures and muscles over-compensating.
Tight hip flexor muscles tend to impact on the lumbar spine. These muscles are the Psoas Major and Minor, Rectus Femurs, Iliacus, Iliocapsularis and the Sartorius muscles. Tight hip flexor muscles can cause an anterior tilt on the pelvis which is also known as Lower Cross syndrome. Lower back pain is mainly due to joint mechanics and tight hip flexors affecting the natural structures of the pelvis causing strain on the lumbar spine.
I could talk and write all day long about how hip mobility and how tight muscles affect different areas within the hip and pelvis structure. Hopefully you are more aware of what might be causing your lower back pain. I have put a few exercises together that will help increase your hip mobility and stretch the tight muscles around the hip area.
If you’d like to know more, please feel free to leave a comment and I hope you enjoy the video.