Hip mobility is an extremely important aspect of many everyday activities. You need to have good hip mobility in order to get up from sitting, to put your socks on, to climb stairs, just to name a few. Many people in Rochester, NY are complaining about their difficulties in performing these simple activities!
Dysfunction of the hip can be the root cause of the difficulty in performing these activities and swift action should be taken to correct the problems. After correction, steps can be taken to maintain correction long term to prevent the symptoms from returning. Having hip dysfunction can lead to hip pain and can even translate to low back pain as the back has to compensate for the lack of movement in the hips.
The major muscle groups of the hip include the gluteals, hip adductors, hip abductors, hip rotators, and hip flexors. A very common muscle imbalance is between the gluteal muscles and the hip flexors. Due to the fact that society is becoming more and more sedentary, we are spending a lot more time sitting. Many people are sitting for 8 hours a day at a desk working and then move to sitting on the couch to relax after work. That’s a lot of time sitting!
By sitting for long periods of time, the hip flexor muscles are consistently shortened which causes them to be tight. Conversely, the gluteal muscles are also constantly disengaged and become weak over time. If you are getting soreness and maybe even snapping in the front of your hip, this may be a tight hip flexor!
At Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, headquartered in Rochester, NY, we treat people with hip dysfunction on a daily basis and are well equipped to get you back on your feet! Make an appointment today and we can get you ready for the summer!