Prolonged sitting is once again our culprit for negatively effecting movement! Because we all spend numerous hours each day in a seated position, our hip flexors tend to adapt to a shortened position. This shortened position has a number of negative outcomes in relation to movement.
A chronically shortened hip flexor, specifically the psoas muscle, creates a postural fault through the low back, pelvis, and hip. These postural faults take the form of a hyperextended low back, a anterior pelvis, and an internally rotated hip/femur.
The combination of these postural faults has wide negative repercussions on our movement patterns and commonly manifests as:
- Low back pain
- Knee pain
- Lumbar disc injuries
- Hip pain
- Hip Flexor Strains
Take a look at Dr. Brooks’s video outlining the Couch Stretch for mobilization the tissues associated with the anterior hip capsule.