Hip exercises are a vital part of maintaining a healthy lower back and lower extremity. This is true for whether you are
What ever your reason, there are four main aspects to a complete and well rounded hip exercises and rehabilitation program:
Strength, Stability, Stretch and Mobility
It's not complicated but it is as important to understand why you do these exercises as well as how you do them. So lets get cracking with the first set of hip exercises.
Mobility underpins most of the hip exercises on this page as loss of mobility can not only be crippling and disabling, it can lead to further issues. HOWEVER, maintaining hip mobility is unbelievably simple as Louise demonstrates in the video below
These hip exercises for mobility are based on the anatomical movements of the hips:
- Internal rotation
- External rotation
- Circumduction (round and round)
- Flexion (forwards and up)
- Extension (backwards)
- Adduction (across the body)
- Abduction (away from the body)
These exercises for hip mobility are of course just one component of improving your health, stretching the muscles around your hips are just as important.
The hip is inherently a very stable joint, there are some case however where the integrity of the joint is jeopardised and extra help is needed - the muscles that surround your hip and lower back provide stability in almost every movement we make.
Muscles such as gluteus medius are fundamental for walking, and weakness can cause further damage to the hip joint.
Hip strengthening exercises are going to be useful for you if you are suffering from one of the following common hip conditions:
- Hip dyplasia
- Femoral acetabular impingement
- Labral tears
In the video below Louise takes us through some of the key hip exercises for strength and stability
The muscle that control your hips are some of the biggest in the body and are fundamental for almost everything we do. These muscles include:
There are far more muscles that this of course but by simply maintaining good strength and flexibility these muscles or muscle groups you can achieve greater flexibility, a reduction in pain and a slow down in any degenerative changes.