Have you been experiencing pain in the groin? Have you taken up more exercise and experienced stiffness around the front of your thigh? Is sitting for long periods of time becoming painful?
What is hip impingement?
The hip is made up of a ball and socket joint and hip impingement occurs when the femoral head (ball of the hip) pinches against the acetabulum (socket). This causes damage to the labrum (surrounding cartilage) and can go on to lead to arthritis.
2 Stretches to improve Hip Impingement:
1) Hip flexor stretch: Come into a lunge position with the tight leg as the back leg. Gently push your hips forward while keeping your pelvis tucked underneath you. You shouldn’t need to go too far forward before you start to feel it in the front of your hip. Hold for 30-40 seconds and repeat on the other side if necessary.
2) Pigeon stretch: On the floor, bring your foot across your body into an L shape, putting your hands in front and your back leg out straight. Reach forward with your hands to increase the stretch. Hold for 30-40 seconds and repeat on the other side if necessary.
To see the exercises demonstrated, watch the videos below!
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