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How to Release Tight Hips With Therapeutic Exercise

How to release tight hips with therapeutic exercise

Hip tightness can be related to any number of issues ranging from injury to age-related conditions like arthritis. If tightness is accompanied by symptoms like pain and is preventing you from accomplishing the activities of daily living, then physical therapy can be a highly effective form of treatment. Physical therapists are experts in the functioning of the body’s musculoskeletal system and are trained in a number of methods that are designed to improve strength, range of motion and overall function. 

If you want to know how to release tight hips through therapeutic exercise, take a few minutes to look over this quick and informative overview. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly representatives. 

How therapeutic exercise helps to release tight hips

The first step to addressing hip tightness is for your physical therapist to perform a thorough assessment of your condition. There can be a wide range of causes for hip tightness, and your therapist needs to assess the specific causes for your symptoms. Factors can include muscle tightness, sprained ligaments, stiffness due to cartilage degeneration and many other issues. 

Once your therapist has a better understanding of the specific causes of your hip problems, he or she can develop the right course of therapeutic exercises to release your tight hips. Physical therapy exercises for tight hips are generally designed to accomplish the following goals: 

  • Increase range of motion through active and passive stretches 
  • Strengthen supporting muscles through targeted exercises
  • Increase stability and flexibility through movement training

In addition to therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques can help to release tight hips by mobilizing soft tissue and increasing blood flow to the area. 

Find the hip mobility you need from the experts at SOL Physical Therapy

At SOL, our experts have a depth of experience in helping patients get the personalized care they deserve. We’ll help you develop a customized treatment plan designed to release hip tightness and address other issues related to a wide array of injuries and conditions.

Don’t let hip problems run your life. Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment at our state-of-the-art clinic. 

About the author

Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy & Performance Training serves the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Orinda, San Francisco and beyond. SOLPT’s award winning team of Physical Therapists, Performance Coaches and movement experts has helped thousands reach their rehabilitation and performance goals to move beyond pain. We're committed to helping anyone of any fitness level move effectively and more powerfully for a lifetime. We offer rehabilitation and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.