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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Hip flexor muscles can help you stand up to pain

You stand up from your chair at work and your lower back starts grumbling. You decide to take a walk down the hall, and before you know it, your knees ache, too. What gives?

The answer might have little to do with your back or knees. The pain could be linked to your hips, in particular a group of muscles called the hip flexors that are in use when we climb stairs, run, dance and play soccer and even do resistance training. Also known as the iliopsoas, they help the leg move up and down and stabilize the spine. They are located in your abdomen and upper thigh and are among the strongest in the body.