We are going to close out hip month by activating and lengthening our posterior chain with these 2 exercises.
At my studio, Koa Fit, we work with not only runners and walkers with hip pain, but also cyclists, dancers, golfers, tennis players and a lot more. As said before in my previous posts about foot pain and knee pain, “hip pain” is a broad term. Most importantly, your hip pain could actually be back pain in disguise. It is important to know if your hip pain is a symptom of overuse/misuse or if it is nerve pain. A physical therapist can run you through some tests to help you identify where your pain is coming from.
For the purpose of this post, I am going to be addressing the hip pain in the upper hamstring that is usually associated with activity. It normally comes about during or after strenuous activity and feels like a a deep ache or muscle strain located where your leg meets your bum in the back. Any pain that feels “sharp” or “burn-y” is most likely nerve pain and you will need more evaluation before getting appropriate exercises.
To help relieve and prevent the onset of hip pain, try the exercises below. Even with the absence of hip pain, these exercises are good to perform to keep the hips moving smoothly and to avoid over-tightness.