How common is hip pain?
Hip pain is a very common. In a study done at Johns Hopkins Medical School, 14.3-percent of adults 60-years and older reported significant hip pain on most days over the course of a 6-week period.
Hip pain can be connected to a wide variety of problems and is generally localized to one of 3 regions of the body:
- anterior (front) hip and groin - near the hip flexor attachment
- posterior (back) hip and buttock
- lateral (outer side) hip - running along the IT band
- In the hip joint itself
Some common causes of hip pain are: bursitis, osteoarthritis, labrel tears, tendonitis, sciatica.
What's the difference between tight hips and hip pain?
Whether you are looking for hip pain relief or how to release tight hips... the solution is the same. The Bendable Body exercises that can be used to improve hip mobility are also the fastest way to relieve hip pain.
John loves to tell the story about what ended his yoga practice... perhaps some of you can relate. He took yoga for 3 years with a world renowned instructor. Over the course of those 3 years he always sat on 3 blocks because his hips were so tight if he sat on the floor with his knees open he would practically fall backward. The reason he stopped his yoga practice is because the mobility in his hip joints never improved in 3 years... he never got off 3 blocks! And that's what leg him to the Bendable Body Method of stretching.
Regardless if you want to be able to sit on the floor with your legs knees open, or get into a deep squat, or get rid of your hip pain... you need to change the densest fascia in your legs that is at the root of the problem.
There are a number of muscle groups in the legs that will help hip pain, but 1 in particular is essential. The medial hamstring associated with the pancreas meridian in Chinese Medicine.
How to stretch the hip?
If you’re wondering how to stretch your hips, the first thing we want to tell you is: don't stretch directly into the hip joint itself! If you have hip pain, stretching into the joint will just make it worse. If your hips are tight, over stretching the joint will give you a false range of motion that will ultimately lead to pain and injury.
The best stretches for the hip.
There are a number of Bendable Body fascia focused stretches you can do for hip pain, but the most helpful target the medial hamstring. The medial hamstring regulates movement in the hip joint. When you stretch this muscle group with resistance and remove some of the accumulated dense fascia so the the muscles work better... you take pressure off of the hip joint and you increase healthy mobility in the joint as well. In this video we show you some stretches for the medial hamstring that are great for the hips!