Did you know that tight quad muscles can contribute to lower back pain, hip pain and knee pain?! This big group of four muscles is located at the front of your thigh, and they work together to flex your hip and extend your knee. Visit our Oakville chiropractic clinic to find out if tight quads are causing your pain!
The quads can become tight from exercise – especially if you’ve bumped up your leg-day training or have introduced a new exercise into your routine. But wait – did you know that inactivity can also lead to tight quads and hip flexors? Sitting all day (we’re looking at you desk-jockeys) keeps these muscles in a shortened position. When you try to stand after sitting for a prolonged period it lengthens these muscles and they may not feel good!
Introducing some quad stretches into your weekly activity routine can help keep these muscles long, strong and happy. Check out our Oakville chiropractor-approved stretches below!
Your quads may not be the only muscles contributing to your lower back or lower extremity pain. We have other muscles that also contribute to hip flexion and can get tight when we are sedentary and sit for multiple hours every day. These hip flexors (muscles called your psoas and iliacus) can also cause lower back and leg pain. Check out how to stretch these muscles below!
Our Oakville chiropractor also recommends trying foam rolling to address tight quad and hip flexor muscles. Foam rolling is an easy and inexpensive way to self-massage these muscles, and can help release tight muscle fibres. Foam rolling is a technique that utilizes body weight to apply pressure to tight muscles. It may be uncomfortable, but it gets the job done!