Pretty much any movement in the lower body involves the hip flexors. These muscles are located inside of your hip, near your groin. They’re responsible for connecting the leg, pelvis, abdomen, and hip, which is why they’re so crucial to any type of lower-body movement. It’s also why they’re so prone to stress and strain.

When hip flexor muscles are tight due to excess strain or tearing, you’re going to feel it in other parts of your body beyond your legs. Because so many other integral body parts rely on the hip flexors, compensation occurs when they’re damaged. This compensation often leads to pain. One of the most common types of pain associated with tight hip flexors is lower back pain, for example.

Despite their constant use, it’s possible to avoid the pitfalls of tight hip flexors. Through the healing power of chiropractic, you can stabilize spinal integrity while loosening and strengthening this very important support system in your lower body. The seasoned team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC wants to help you stay clear of pain caused by tight hip flexors, so you can maintain your best level of overall health and wellness.

The connection between your hips and your back

Overworking key muscles may lead to straining or, in rare cases, tearing. If you continue to work out or rely on affected muscles it’ll only aggravate the existing injury. Such is the case with many athletes. On the other side of the coin, those who work behind a desk all day may also be at risk for muscle strain. This is because when muscles are needed, they’ve weakened and aren’t up to the task.

Hip flexor problems can stem from both situations and often do. Flexors become strained and unable to do their job, which causes other muscle groups to take over. This may include hamstrings, glutes, or lumbar muscles. This compensation isn’t without side effects. In addition to straining these now-overworked supplementary muscles, your body (spine in particular) is open to unnecessary stress.

This may result in conditions such as pelvic tilt, overcompensation of the glutes, or compression of vertebral discs. Worse still, even after your hip flexors are healed, offsets can set in and stubbornly stick around.

Correcting overcorrections

Resetting vertebrae or a pelvis affected by tight or exhausted hip flexors is the job of a chiropractor. Moreover, beyond simply helping the body return to a neutral position, a chiropractor can help to ensure flexor tightness doesn’t recur.

One popular technique involves providing specific stretches that loosen and strengthen hip flexors. Various types of squats and leg lifts are useful for reversing and preventing this condition. They’re also especially helpful in cases where a nagging injury has resulted in chronically tight hip flexors.

Chiropractors may also incorporate spinal treatments such as traction to overcome imbalances caused by hip flexors. This is essential for reversing any vertebral or nerve compression caused by misaligned vertebrae in the lower back. When combined with other treatments such as a physical therapy routine, it’s possible for patients to limber themselves up to protect against chronic developments.

Addressing tight hip flexors and painful offshoots

Hip flexors are key lynchpins that connect your upper and lower body. If anything strains them and the body is forced to overcompensate, your spine is sure to suffer. You could be left with lasting pain.

The experts at Graybar Chiropractic provide Wilmington, NC patients with the re-stabilization they need to overcome tight hip flexors and their tumultuous effects. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we’re able to trace the damage done from over-strained muscles and map a path back to ideal spinal wellness. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.