The hip flexors are such an integral part of our bodies, particularly for those who are constantly on the move. As such, hip flexor pain is an incredibly common occurrence, but many people do not know how to get rid of it.
Stretching is always recommended, but just telling someone that they need to stretch is not enough to solve their pain troubles. What sort of stretching do they need to do? Are there other things you can do? Not knowing the proper method of treating this pain can be even more harmful than not stretching at all.
Here are 6 easy things you can do to decrease or stop your pain. Also, get the list of stretches as an infographic here.
1. Epsom Salt Bath
For years, professionals have recommended Epsom salt baths to treat muscle pains. The hip flexors are a group of muscles, so it only make sense that a salt bath is a recommended treatment for pain. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which has properties that relax muscles. All you have to do is add a single cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath, and allow yourself to soak for 20 minutes.
2. Rest and Ice
As soon as you begin experiencing any pain, cease movement and ice the area. With hip flexors, the area is mainly to the front of the hips, so laying down and placing an ice pack there is the best option. Apply ice every 20 minutes off and on for 3 to 4 hours for the best results. Never apply the ice directly to the skin, but wrap in a clean wash cloth or towel beforehand to prevent ice burn.
3. Try Ginger or Cinnamon Tea
Both ginger and cinnamon teas are known to have healing benefits and properties. They are anti-inflammatory, and can help fight the pain from the inside. All you need to do is steep the spice â ginger or cinnamon â in hot water for a few moments to brew a soothing tea, and repeat this a few times a day.
4. Create a Powder Poultice of Ajwain and Ginger
This is an ancient method of treating muscle pain, including in the hip flexors. Combine a cup of ajwain seeds, ground up, with dried ginger powder and wrap it in a thin muslin, then warm it on a skillet. Apply it on the front of the hips to reduce inflammation and pain.
5. Turmeric â Lots of It
Another commonly used spice for its anti-inflammatory properties is turmeric. You can utilize it with either a tea or a poultice, applied directly to the spot experiencing pain.
Once you feel most of the pain is gone, consider rehabilitative stretching to help in healing. Consider the hip flexor stretch, which is designed specifically for the hip flexors. The straight leg raise and the quadriceps stretch are also beneficial.
Only you and a professional can determine the best course of action.