Tight Hips

Have you ever experienced tightness in the front of your hips when standing up after sitting for a prolonged period of time? It's a common complaint I hear from many of my patients who are wondering what's causing the discomfort and how to alleviate it. In this post, we'll dive into the reasons behind tightness in the front of the hips and offer some tips to help you find relief.

The most common cause of tightness in the anterior hip is poor alignment. If you naturally tend to tilt your pelvis forward when standing, rather than maintaining a straight back, it can cause the muscles in the front of your hips to shorten, leading to tightness. To address this issue, you need to adjust your posture by tucking your tailbone under to open up the front of your hips. This can help to alleviate tightness and reduce discomfort.

Another effective way to alleviate tight hips is by strengthening your glute muscles. Regular strength training exercises can help counterbalance the tightness in the front of your hips. Try not to sit for prolonged periods of time. If you have to sit for long hours, take regular breaks and stand up to stretch your legs.

While stretching can be helpful, it's important to note that it alone cannot fix the underlying issue of tight hips. You must address poor posture and alignment to retrain your body to adopt a new normal posture, which is key to opening up your hips and reducing tightness.

Although it may feel uncomfortable at first, making a conscious effort to sit and stand with proper posture will help alleviate tightness in the front of your hips. Remember, a position of comfort may actually be a position of dysfunction, and doing the opposite of what feels comfortable is often what's best for your body.

Tightness in the hips is many times due to another underlying issue, such as poor hip stabilizer muscles in your deep hip, poor joint mobility in your hips or low back, and/or core weakness. You need to find the root problem of why your hips are tight if stretching has not helped you. 

There are some cases where stretching your hips may not be the best form of treatment and could cause further pain. If stretching does make symptoms worse, do not continue. Give us a call so we can assess your alignment and movement patterns through a total body diagnostic exam and get to the root of your pain!! We will get you back to moving without that nagging tightness or pain so you can enjoy walking, sitting, and exercising through your full range of motion.

Don't let hip tightness hold you back, take control and start implementing these strategies today! Give us a call at (281) 941-8477 to schedule a 30 min total body assessment today!