Evidence-Based Health Care For Optimal Health & Functioning

Back pain…it’s in the hips?

More specifically the hip flexors (psoas muscle). Often we look to the sight of pain and treat it to try and resolve symptoms. A commonly overlooked area that causes back pain is tight hip flexors, possibly because it’s located on the anterior half of the body.

Hip flexor tightness if very common. Those of us who sit for long periods of time are subject to psoas tightness and are therefore more prone to developing lower back pain. When sitting, the hip flexors are contracted and in a shortened position. Prolonged periods in this position causes the muscle to remain slightly contracted and tight.

The location of muscle that is the reason for the pain. The muscle runs from a small notch on the thigh bone to the vertebrae in the lower back. The tight muscle will pull on the lower back and result in the pain that you may be experiencing.


Self-treatment can be as simple as stretching your hip flexors 2-3 times a day if you sit for long periods of time. Taking breaks by getting up and walking around for a minute or 2 after every hour of sitting can also provide some relief for your tight muscles.and help you stave off pain. 


If you are experiencing continuous pain and/or discomfort you should seek advice from your health care practitioner.

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. You can also contact me via www.fitclinic.ca

Posted on June 9th, 2012 [Activity, Chiropractic, Exercise, Fitness, Golf, Health and Wellness, Injury, Pain, Sports]
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