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Hip Flexor- The missed out stretch for lower back pain

1st June 2016
Do you suffer with lower back pain?  Does your pain keep coming back? Are you using this often missed stretch?

Lower back pain is a common complaint.  Whether it is caused by overload through sport, poor posture, sitting for hours at a desk or lifting incorrectly, there are a few reasons for your back pain.

It may be caused by a torn (pulled) muscle, joint hypermobility, joint stiffness such as a facet joint, or a prolapsed (slipped) disc.

There are many stretches that can help improve mobility and reduce pain when suffering with lower back pain, but one that is often forgotten or neglected is the hip flexor stretch.  It is easy to do, and when combined with other stretches can improve pain and help prevent the pain coming back.

The muscle that is the offender is Psoas Major.


Psoas major starts from the front of your hip, passes through your abdomen, and joins the vertebrae in your lower back.  When psoas is tight, there is additional tension on your spine.  Make sure you carry out this stretch to help ease any pressure and tension on your lower back.

Stretching this muscle is a must for anyone that sits for long periods of time.  Sitting can cause this muscle to become tight, pulling on the lower part of your spine.

The Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel down on one knee with the other foot in front.  Your front leg hip and knee should start at 90 degrees.


Lunge , pushing the hip forwards.  You will feel a stretch in the front of the thigh and the hip.  Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds and repeat 3 times.


This stretch in addition to the more commonly used stretches for lower back pain can provide pain relief and improve mobility.  Stretches should be performed twice a day.  Stretches, along with treatment from a qualified therapist can help reduce back pain.


Remember- everyone is different, and all injuries are different.  This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute advice for your injury.  You should consult a qualified therapist to accurately diagnose and treat your injury.  You can book in with one of our experts at The Treatment Lab by calling us on 01908 766425.


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