Hip Flexor Strain Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

Hip Flexor Strain Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo


Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. Today I’m gonna
show you some stretches and strengthening exercises for a hip flexor strain. Let’s get
started. So the first stretch is gonna be a combination between you hip flexors and
your quad. You can use something sturdy to hold on to and if you have enough balance
just standing, bring your leg back and grab onto your ankle. Make sure your body is in
an upright vertical position because it you’re leaning forward, you’re taking away from the
stretch. So just make sure this top part is actually going back and not going forward.
So almost push back into your hand so your foot goes out. So you’re getting a stretch
in your quad and your hip flexors. Holding it there for 30 seconds, and repeat that 3
times. So the next stretch, you want to get almost into a lunge position. The hip flexor
that you want to stretch, that leg is gonna be down on the ground. If you only have a
hard surface, you might want to put something under your knee so it doesn’t get a lot of
pressure on it. But usually carpet is ok. Put your other leg out in front of you at
about a 90 degree angle. Keep your whole body in an upright position, and keep your upper
body in a vertical position. So again if you lean forward, then you’re taking the stretch
out of it. So just go forward, keeping your body upright, and you’ll feel the stretch
right through there in that hip flexor. Hold that there for 30 seconds and then come back
and do that 3 times. Now if you want to get a little bit on the inside, you can move your
leg out a little bit and go at a 45 degree angle the other way, and that will still kind
of get the stretch of the hip flexor and a little bit more inside in the groin area.
Holding that for 30 seconds and doing it 3 times. So to start off with the strengthening,
you can do a simple heel slide. Bringing your heel all the way down, and then pulling it
back up. Nice and controlled. Pull it as hard as you can and going back down. Again just
starting off with about 10 of these, working your way up to 15 – 20 doing 2 – 3 sets. This
might be really easy for some people, so if this is easy, then you can put your leg all
the way out, and lock out that knee pulling your toes up, and do a straight leg raise.
Just bring it up to about equal to the other side and control it coming back down. So don’t
let gravity just drop it down, but control it the whole time. Going up and down. Starting
off with 10, working your way up from there. If this becomes too easy, then you can do
some standing exercises with resistive bands. To strengthen your hip flexor muscle, you
can use a resistive band. Make sure you tie it on to something tight so it’s not gonna
snap off and hit you. Just put it around your ankle, and step out to where it’s tight so
you can get some resistance. You want to keep your leg as straight as you can. Lock out
that knee, pull up your toes a little bit to help lock out the knee, and just bring
your leg forward. It doesn’t have to be high, you just have to get that work in there. Some
people might need to hold on to something, if you need to hold on to something, that’s
fine, but eventually you want to be able to do this without holding on. Bailey’s even
so excited to see it. So those were some stretches and strengthening exercises for a hip flexor
strain. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section. If you’d like to
check out some other videos, go to AskDoctorJo.com. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and
Twitter, and remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon!

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