Hip Yoga: Revisiting

So the heavy duty hip flexor is the iliopsoas muscle group, half of which I included as part of the core series because the psoas portion has its origin point on the lumbar spine and because the iliopsoas can have an impact on pelvic tilt and therefore a number of other core muscles.

To recap quickly, the psoas starts on the front of the lumbar spine and crosses over the front of the pelvis, sort of like this:

Stick figure drawing with a red line, diagonal across the low abdomen and pelvis, to illustrate the psoas muscle.

Don't lie. You've missed my stick figure drawings.

As it passes over the ilium (the wide, gently curved bones that make up either side of the pelvis), it meets up with the iliacus, and together they continue until they both insert onto the front of the femur:
Anterior Hip Muscles 2

Because a lot of common activities — walking, running, bicycling, sitting — involve hip flexion (and therefore the iliopsoas being shortened/contracted), it’s generally more common for people to have too-tight hip flexors instead of hip flexors that lack that sort of contracting strength. And because my hips are definitely in this group — I can feel them tighten as I sit and type — I will be devoting more time to stretches rather than strengthening exercises for the upcoming section of the series.

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One comment on “Hip Yoga: Revisiting
  1. Megan Sutton says:

    I have hypermobile joints, and I feel it the most in my hips and shoulders (I posted a little about it here: http://megsutton.com/2012/05/my-aching-joints). I have often wondered exactly what is going on in my joints, but unfortunately I am super squeamish when it comes to illustrations of anatomy. Stick figures are therefore perfect for me!! Ii’m really looking forward to your posts. :)

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