It takes several muscles when lifting the knee in the direction of your body. These muscles include the rectus femoris muscle and iliopsoas muscles. Collectively, these muscles are called hip flexors. Due to the nature of their work, sometimes you may experience hip flexor strain.
The signs could be mild at first but can get worse if you do not get treatment or some rest. They include pain while stretching hip muscles, swelling in the thigh area, sudden pain, and muscle spasms around your thigh.
Some physical factors cause hip flexor strain and pain.
- Playing soccer
- Doing aerobics
- Trauma to the hip
- Overuse of hip flexors
- Poor posture – especially while walking
It is important to note that hip flexor pain and strain occur due to excess use of your flexor muscles. The above activities do precisely that. However, various treatments can help relieve the hip flexor strain and pain. One of such is chiropractic treatments.
Our chiropractors highly recommend the following chiropractic treatment types.
1. Soft Tissue Massage
According to research, soft tissue therapy and massage help relax muscle spasms and tension. That is because it focuses on aligning the muscles and tissue layers. It also helps speed up the process of muscle recovery once they have been damaged. They are then strengthened to avoid any future damages. In so doing, it helps treat hip flexor strain and pain.
Stretching is an exercise that can help treat and prevent hip flexor pain. It helps enhance the flexibility of your flexor muscles, especially after straining them a lot. Since it is simple, stretching can be done at home. However, you must be keen not to do the wrong thing. That is why you need to check on a chiropractor to advise you on the same. Check out stretching exercise videos from our team!
3. Heat and Ice Therapy
This is also another type of chiropractic treatment that can help with a hip flexor strain. It involves placing heat or ice on the area where you feel the pain. You can use ice cubes or an ice pack wrapped in a towel for the cold part and a bottle containing hot water for the heat part. It is simple but pretty helpful in treating hip flexor pain. The good thing about it is that it works instantly.
4. Joint Mobilization
A chiropractor uses this technique to soothe a side of the joint while applying maximum pressure on the section near it. Besides helping to treat hip flexor pain, the general functionality of the joint is also restored. If you are patient enough, our chiropractors will ensure you get the maximum benefit of joint mobilization.
We offer all the above services, and our SF chiropractors have enough expertise and experience to help you with any of them. So, do not hesitate to reach out whenever you need to treat your hip flexor pain. Book an appointment with us today!