JOINT CARE TIPS

Overly tight hip flexors are a common problem that cause you to feel stiff when walking around and can cause other problems such as IT band syndrome, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, tight hamstrings, knee pain, and lower back pain.

Whatever the reason your hips are tight, it’s important to stretch them instead of pushing through the tightness and pain. Steroid injections and other meds aren’t the solution, but they may be a temporary support while you correct the problem. I tried for years to fix hip tightness and snapping hip syndrome with pigeon pose, supine pigeon pose, and a number of other exercises. I’ve been to chiropractors and other health professionals. Even though, I’ve studied corrective exercise, everyone’s bodies are different and respond differently to different exercises since it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact issue. The missing link for me was a combination of overall strengthening exercises to work out muscle imbalances along with mobility work, and flexibility stretches like the frog stretch. Frog stretch or pose sretches out your inner thighs, groin and hips.

You may also get sacroiliac or si joint pain or even piriformis syndrome. If the piriformis is constantly contracting to stabilize the pelvis you can get very overworked and tight. This can happen in mothers if you are reaching to lift instead of bending. You’ll want to squat and stand up with your glutes and quads. It can also happen with weight exercises with improper form or too heavy of weights too soon.

Bone broth collagen or collagen supplements are good replacements for the lost collagen due to aging and overuse. Starting around age 40, our bodies stop replacing collagen as quickly as when we were younger. Collagen can improve skin, ease arthritis symptoms, and promote wound healing in your bones, muscles, and even your gut. If you can’t be consistent with whole food bone broth collagen, you can use non-GMO, grass fed sources that are hydrolyzed for absorption. Collagens are hard to absorb and need to be hydrolyzed or partially broken down for easier and faster absorption like Collagen Peptides by Sports Research or Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.