A Way To Fix Chronic Hip Flexor Pain

Dealing With Chronic Hip Flexors


I received an email from a dad asking me about his daughter’s hip flexor injury. She is a runner and she has been dealing with it for a couple months.
Legal Stuff: I am not a doctor, licensed physical therapist or in anyway qualified to treat such things. Especially if I have never seen her.

So the following is just an idea. Something to think about and if it makes sense, try it.

My best guess is that she is very quad dominant, meaning her front muscles used for running are stronger than her hamstrings and glutes. This is very common in runners and causes a lot of their issues.

Very few runners really work the posterior chain. The posterior chain being the hamstrings and glutes. But these are very important muscles to stabilize the leg while running.

If they don’t do their job, the pelvic girdle can move causing tight hamstrings and/or hip flexors.

So this is what I would do as an idea.


1. Foam roll the quads and see if there are any knots.
2. Foam roll the hamstrings and see if there are any knots.
3. Do a piriformis stretch (shown in video) with a lacrosse ball or tennis ball under the cheek. This is where the hip flexors attach to the back. This is extremely painful if there is an issue there. But if she does it for a minute or so, she should feel looser.

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Half-pigeon, not shown in video
Hip flexor stretch shown in video
Piriformis stretch shown in video

Here is a link to My Stretching Page


Do exercises that work the posterior chain.
1. Bridges 3 sets 15-25 reps
2. Stiff Legged Deadlifts 3 sets 8-10 reps
3. Deadlifts with dumbbells 3 sets 8-10 reps

Make sure she is doing a hip hinge with the stiff-legged deadlifts and deadlifts.

This means the butt goes back first to engage the hamstrings as opposed to bending over and using her lower back.

She can also put her feet up against the wall. Make sure her rear end is as close to the wall as possible. Push the lower back into the floor and squeeze the pelvic muscles. These are the muscles you use when you have to pee but can’t find a restroom. stay there 10 minutes 1-2 times a day and see if that helps.

Also think about an MRI to see if there is a tear.

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The reality is, if you can do the exercises, I don’t care what order you do them in.
Just do them right and pay attention to form.


1. Lower back presses against the floor.
2. Squeeze the pelvic floor muscles. (The muscles you squeeze when you have to pee and there isn’t a bathroom in sight!)
3. Keep the chin off the chest.
4. Keep the contraction in the abs the whole time.
5. Breathe out slightly as you come up and slightly in as you release.


1. Only use perfect form. When the form starts breaking down, take a short break.
2. A plank is a full body exercise, so squeeze the whole body. This means calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, lats, upper back and arms.

Reps or Time?

In my opinion, these workouts were made for intervals. The core needs to get hit hard. Using a HIIT (high intensity interval timer) allows you to focus onthe movement instead of counting.
That said….


15 or 25 is a guideline. For example, what do you do if an exercise calls for 25 reps and you can’t do 25 reps? Take breaks. Do 25 reps with very good form even if it takes you 2-3 sets.

On the other hand, if 25 is easy and you have a few more reps in you…..do them!

Setting the interval timer

The workouts are set for 2 rounds. So set your timer for 12 exercises, 45 seconds work and 15 seconds rest.
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