Hips And Hamstrings Flexibility
Why Is Hip Mobility Important?
If you practice yoga you are sure to increase your flexibility of the hips and hamstrings. However, that doesn’t mean you will gain greater mobility and functionality, or even be able to access the myriad of hip opening postures. The reason for this is because most of us don’t realize just how many muscles surround the hips. Because it is a ball in socket joint, there are a tone of available movements. That said, most of us only utilize about 2 of the movements on the daily: flexion and extension which allow us to walk, sit and stand.
Because we only make use of two movements, we tend to be over developed in one or two muscle groups and under developed in the others. The problem with this is limited range of motion, but more importantly imbalanced hip alignment which could lead to hip pain, or increased friction in the hip joint over time, potentially damaging the soft tissue. Bottom line, its important to work toward more even strength and flexibility in all the muscles that surround the hips.
Before we dive in, let me be clear – there is no magic place of health and balance where everything is perfect and no pain ever exists. We can however find a place where our body feels good on a regular basis, and we have the awareness to catch ourselves when one muscle group is getting too tight, strong, weak, or flexible. In other words we can build a relationship with our body, and learn what it needs and be able to catch an issue before it becomes a long term problem.
THE BENEFITS GO BEYOND PAIN RELIEF. Developing awareness of your hips can allow you to move better on a daily basis, AND access more postures within the context of yoga.
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4 Quadrants of The Hips
To simplify development of your hips and hamstrings flexibility we can break down the muscle groups into for basic categories: Front, Back, Inside, Outside. There are muscles that exist in each of these areas that create movements.
- Front: Hips Flexors, and Quadriceps
- Back: Buttock Muscles such as Gluteus Maximus and Piriformus
- Inside: Adductor Muscle Group
- Outside: Abductor Muscle Group such as Gluteus Minimus, Medius and T.F.L
This is of course a simplified way of looking at the hips, some muscles cross over from the outside to the inside such as the Sartorius, or from the back side to the inside such as the Adductor Magnus. But the simplification is helpful if you aren’t an anatomy nerd and just want to feel better in your hips.
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“Bowing the Spine” is a technique that combines a few key elements which I go over in detail in the video below. The dominant action is sliding your intervertebral discs forward which requires a deliberate shifting of your rib cage. The secondary action is lengthening the distance between the upper and lower body.
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