We spend much of our time in a flexed position, sitting at work, driving, or even standing we lean forward to pick up boxes or found bent over working. Our hip flexors are therefore spending along time in a shortened position which can have an effect on our posture and change our running gait.
Including sit ups or crunches into our workout programme also puts the hip flexors into this shortened position. This can lead to other aches and dysfunction like ITB syndrome, glute dysfunction, knee pain and back pain. Having spent many years treating and training people with tight hip flexors, this one simple stretch has made a big difference. Many people will find that this stretch will also affect the quads and sometimes the opposite hamstring may feel tight.
Is it the best stretch? Stretches can always be improved or modified dependant on the required effect and this stretch on its own will not work all the hip flexors. This hip flexor stretch can be held for a period of time or used in a slow pulsing rhythm, moving forwards and backwards, I have used both methods with good effect. The knee can get sore on the floor so use a cushion if required.