This article is part of the mini-series 7 Joints in 7 Days: A video mini-course to help you knock out joint stiffness in less than 10 minutes a day.
Do you deal with a stiff or aching hip? Stretching may help, but stretches designed for muscles instead of the underlying joint might not hit the right spots.
Hip stiffness is common in people who perform intense running and strength training workouts, who bend and squat repeated in physical jobs, or who stand for extended hours at work. But doing very little physical activity can also cause problems; computer work and driving involving hours of sitting can also lead to discomfort.
Stiffness may also be familiar to people who have been diagnosed with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), arthritis, or a hip or thigh bone fracture. Stiffness often develops in the months or years following a sudden accident such as a slip, trip, or fall.
If you’ve tried other flexibility exercises without luck, giving some attention to your hip joint may do the trick. Joint mobility exercises lubricate and increase blood flow, and can help you alleviate stiffness in under 10 minutes a day.
Check out the video below from our 7 Joints in 7 Days video mini-course. Try the Hip Swivels exercise daily for at least ten days and see if you notice less stiffness.
If the exercises cause pain, or if your stiffness seemed related in time with other symptoms such as fever or illness, seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
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