Hip and lower back pain affects more than 30 million people between the ages of 20 and 64 all around the world. It is one of the most serious health concerns we are currently facing in the modern age.
Our current lifestyles are generally sedentary and this leads to tightness and pain between the shoulders, it weakens the lower back, abdominals, and glutes.
The most common muscle causing tension for people is the psoas. It is the deepest flexor in the body and directly linked to the lumbar spine.
If it is tight, it causes stiffness, aches, and intense hip pain. Fortunately, you can relieve this pain and tension in a completely natural way by using the beneficial effects of stretching.
The Mayo Clinic lists the top five benefits of stretching:
Increased flexibility and joint range of motion: Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring. Flexibility tends to diminish as you get older, but you can regain and maintain it.
Improved circulation: Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you’ve had any muscle injuries.
Better posture: Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture. Good posture can minimize discomfort and keep aches and pains at a minimum.
Stress relief: Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress.
Enhanced coordination: Maintaining the full range-of-motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Coordination and balance will help keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.
These are the best stretching exercises you can perform:
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Start on all fours, with the toes together and the knees open wide towards the outside.
Sit back on the heels, walk with the hands towards outside, and try to touch the floor with the forehead while the hands are stretched.
Start walking with the hands even further, but keep the arms straight. Relax, and hold for half a minute.