Week 10: The Hip Flexor Stretch
By Trent Brooke, DPT
AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist
Type of stretch: Static
Supine Hip Flexor Stretch: Start by lying on a table or a bed. Let one leg hang off the side and slowly lower towards the ground until a mild/moderate stretch is felt in the front part of the thigh/hip. At the same time, grab your opposite knee and pull it towards your chest to increase the stretch.
Half Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch: Start by placing one knee on a soft surface or a pad with your opposite foot positioned forward on the floor. Lunge your weight forward until a mild/moderate stretch is felt on the hip that is down on the mat. Stay tall in the trunk and avoid arching your back. You may keep your hands on your hips or a stable surface nearby.
Why stretch the hip flexors?
The hip flexor stretch is an important for all people. It is great for the more active person that runs, bikes, swims, or plays any sport to maintain good flexibility and prevent injury. It is also beneficial for the person that spends a lot of time sitting at the office or in a car for their job. Having good hip flexor mobility can assist in decreasing low back pain and can even help prevent it.