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Let's face it, life can be stressful sometimes. One minute it's fine, the next minute it's all fucked up. Too much stress can cause confusion and damage muscles. "Your muscles can become tense due to stress and trauma, which can lead to inflammation of the surrounding soft tissues," says Amelia Bartolino, a registered dietitian and personal trainer.

Rapid physical stress can cause your muscles to tense up and resist exercise. This can cause aches, pains, soreness and muscle stiffness, while chronic stress can prolong these problems and, if left untreated, lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Often, once the stress has passed, the muscles release tension and symptoms may improve.

But even if you feel better, the effects of stress will remain in your body and muscles, depending on the intensity. Therefore, it is always a good practice to manage and balance your emotions for the sake of your overall health.

Muscle tension caused by stress can be felt almost anywhere in the body. Hip muscles, in particular, can be adversely affected by anxiety and stress, making daily activities a heavy burden.

How do you store pressure in your hips?

Lower body movements begin at the hips. The hip muscles help with movement, flexibility and stability and often determine your range of motion. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, the body can control emotions, especially when they are not expressed.

What does this have to do with hips? It's the energy in your mood. The hip area is associated with the sacral chakra, which holds your creative and reproductive energy. "Stress can be reflected in the body, causing tension in the lower back and hips," Bartolino said. It's also believed that if you don't express and release stress, anxiety, and pent-up trauma, you'll store them in your butt. This is a well-known phenomenon in the yoga community and in some cultures around the globe.

The adrenal glands, which produce cortisol and adrenaline, are also located above the hips. If they are overworked, physical stress can cause tension and pain in the lower body. It's no coincidence that your physical health and your emotional health are closely related; When one is out of balance, the other is affected.

Interestingly, your body tells you through signs and symptoms, so pain, tension, and stiffness in your hip muscles are all signs that they're stressed.

What does hip tension look like?

'Hip tension can lead to immobility, hip and back pain, spinal dislocation and poor posture,' says Dr. Bartolino. She added: 'This can cause problems with daily activities such as walking, bending, running and standing upright.

Tight hip muscles can limit your range of motion and slow you down. The iliac muscle is the main muscle group in the buttocks and is affected by anxiety and stress. They connect your torso to your lower body and help you pull your knees toward your chest. When you're stressed, they contract, they stiffen, they tense.

Symptoms of tight hips include:

  • Severe pain in the buttocks, especially after standing up
  • Inability to lift and lower your legs properly
  • Poor and uneven posture
  • Pain in the hip
  • Gluteal muscle pain

The importance of keeping your hips "open"

Your hip bones are joints. They work like hinges on a door. The door can only open and close properly if the joint is elastic. The same thing happens to your hips; Movement is limited because the muscles are stiff and tense. "It's important to keep hip flexors open and flexible to prevent injury, and to optimize flexibility to make activities of daily living as easy as possible," Bartolino said. As a result, your chances of injury and musculoskeletal disease will decrease, and your blood flow will improve, which will allow more oxygen to get to your muscles.

The hips are open and the energy can be transferred freely. The more relaxed your muscles are, the less likely you are to get trapped in stress and anxiety. Have you ever felt relaxed in a yoga or Pilates class? That's because many exercises revolve around flexibility and mobility, stretching to keep your body's energy centers open -- especially your hips.

Stretching is the key

Stretching the muscles in your lower body is a great way to keep your hips open and relieve pain and discomfort. Actually stretching your body, in general, is a great way to relieve overall tension, balance your energy centers, and release tension. Many exercises can help keep your hips open and relieve stress. Bartolino shares the best combination of stretching and exercise that you can do in the comfort of your own home, without a gym or fancy equipment.

Try these six moves to relieve tension in your hips.

The posture of the pigeon. 'The dove pose is a great way to stretch your hips and increase flexibility and flexibility in your hip flexors and lower back,' says Dr. Bartolino. Do the dog pose, then put one leg over your chest and sit in a seated position. A straight leg stretches the hip flexors, while a bent leg opens the hips. Depending on your fitness level, there are different stretches to help you feel comfortable.

The posture of the frog.

As the name suggests, this stretch position is like the frog position. You get down on all fours and "open your hips and stretch your inner thighs" as much as possible. This can be a challenge if your hips are extremely tight, but your flexibility and range of motion will improve over time. Frogs strengthen the buttocks, groin muscles, and lower back.

Sit in a twisted position.

The sitting twist is a yoga pose that helps relieve stored emotions and tension in the hips. It "helps with spinal movement, improves back pain and blood circulation," Bartolino said. Twisting helps stretch your upper body, while your elbows rest on the outside of your upright thighs, pulling on your hip muscles to release tension.

Happy baby position.

This relaxing, calming stretch helps "open up the muscles in your hips, inner thighs and pelvic floor," Bartolino says. You lie on your back in bed with your legs bent vertically at a 90-degree Angle while grabbing your toes and swaying gently from side to side, like a very happy baby.

The butterfly.

Bartolino added that the butterfly stretch is a simple and effective move that "targets the hip flexors, lower back and gluteus maximus." It also relieves stress, exercise, or being sedentary. While sitting up straight, bend your knees, bring the balls of your feet together, and pull your hands toward you to stretch your hips.

Reclining shoemaker style.

The shoemaker's style is similar to the butterfly's stretch style, but it's all made of it. The soles of your feet touch each other, but your upper body is lying down. Barto Reno says the move is "incredibly relaxing because it opens up the hips and groin and stretches the thighs". The hips can relax, relieving tension and discomfort.

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