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Favorite Hip flexor stretch?

Catrin2010-12-13 05:36:36 +0000 #1
One of my hip flexors is quite tight and am looking for a good way to stretch it. I have been guilty of not stretching after my bike rides, and since I have started getting my weekly mileage as high as it is getting I am starting to notice. After spinning class it is quite difficult for me to do the stretch on one leg where you grab your foot behind you and pull it toward your body - trying to keep your body in a straight line. On one side I can do it, but not the other.

I hope that all made sense

So what is your favorite stretch to work this? I am trying my very best to remember to stretch after all bike rides, but it is hard to remember...

The interesting thing is that it seems to be my dominant leg that I am having the most problem with in this department.

I found this stretch: www.livestrong.com/v...-hip-flexor-stretch/ to try at home, are there others?
Zen2010-12-13 05:42:56 +0000 #2
The stretch you described is a quad stretch.

There are many good hip flexor stretches.

The pigeon pose is one.

this is another: www.easyvigour.net.n...ip_flexorstretch.htm

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Originally Posted by Catrin

The interesting thing is that it seems to be my dominant leg that I am having the most problem with in this department.

Of course it is. That muscle is larger and tighter.

Just keep stretching
Catrin2010-12-13 06:25:21 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Zen

The stretch you described is a quad stretch.

There are many good hip flexor stretches.

The pigeon pose is one.

this is another: www.easyvigour.net.n...ip_flexorstretch.htm

Thanks, and I will look up the pigeon pose. I was told that the reason I couldn't stand up on one side while doing the quad stretch was because the hip flexor needed some work. Regardless, I need to get better with stretching in general...the only time I ever do it is after spinning class because the instructor makes sure that we do.
indysteel2010-12-13 06:43:36 +0000 #4
Since my hip starting bothering me over the winter, I'm pretty religious about doing the hip flexor stretch Zen suggested. I also do pigeon in just about every yoga class I go to. If you have tight hips, it can be hard to do. I also find one of the harder poses to do correctly, but maybe that's because my hips are tight.

For cycling purposes, I have to religiously do hamstring and IT band stretches. I also do a stretch when my sciatic nerve starts causing me problems after a long ride.
tulip2010-12-13 06:02:23 +0000 #5
This one works for me. Hopefully Knotted will chime in and tell us if we're doing something stupid (or smart).

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Zen2010-12-13 07:32:06 +0000 #6
Tulip, I used to do that one in PT. It is a good one but you need to be on a table.

Something that I've found to have a similar effect is to lay supine and do a hamstring stretch with yoga strap on one leg and have the opposite leg straight out.
OakLeaf2010-12-13 07:32:17 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Zen

you need to be on a table.

You can do it on a picnic table at the park if you don't mind the way people look at you.

A gentle one I like is to do essentially a side-lying quadriceps stretch, but hook a stretchy band around the top of the foot of the leg you're stretching. Holding the band in your top hand, bring it overhead (French press position), keep your top femur parallel to the floor, and let the band bring the knee of that leg behind the hip.

Full (prone) bow pose is more of a backbend, but it gets into the hip flexors too, and standing bow pose really gets them, for me.

Careful of your knees when you do pigeon pose, and make sure your hips are level.
tulip2010-12-13 08:43:22 +0000 #8
My kitchen island works for that stretch. I could also do it on my front porch if I wanted to be public about it.

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