Hip flexor stretch

Stretch for the anterior aspect of the hip, involving the iliacus, psoas and rectus femoris muscles.

  • standing in a lunge position
  • if resting the back leg on the floor, consider using a mat for the knee
  • slightly tuck the pelvis, or posteriorly tilt it, as you move it forward (for iliacus)
  • reach the stretch side arm up or slightly over to the other side, to help lengthen or sideflex the lumbar spine (for psoas)
  • stretch should be felt primary in the anterior aspect of the hip
  • hold and repeat as needed