If we want to be able to move often and participate in activities we need to ensure our foundation is healthy. With many of us getting out on walks and runs, I feel it is important to highlight our hip mobility. Our hips are designed to generate a ton of power and one of the key muscle groups involved with hip mobility are the hip flexors. Our hip flexors start at our spine and continue all the way down attaching onto the front of our leg. Due to us working from home and many of us sitting all day, our hip flexors stay in a tight/shortened position. When the hip flexors are tight, we lose the ability to optimally extend, flex and rotate our hips, which then places more stress on our low back and knees. Therefore having good hip mobility can help your body reduce the risk of low back and/or knee pain.
So the question is how can you fix this or ensure you have a good foundation? If we were not required to be practicing self-isolation, visiting your chiropractor or physiotherapist can be very beneficial. Your clinician is able to properly assess and diagnosis any limitations that you may be experiencing and then provide an appropriate treatment plan including manual therapy and exercise to improve the mobility of your tissues. However, with everyone self-isolating there are lots of mobility exercises that you are able to try on your own to get your hips moving better! Just remember not all hips are created equal and it is important to ensure you are performing stretches that work with your body and skill level.