If you follow any fitness accounts on social media, you have likely come across multiple posts on the dangers of “tight” hip flexors.
According to these posts, hip flexor tightness is the cause of virtually all postural and movement related issues. Their prescription is generally three sets of 60 seconds of static stretching, which they believe will loosen the hip flexor muscles and correct the issue at hand.
The problem with this thinking is that it does not take the true function of the hip flexors into consideration. Secondly, if the hip flexors are truly tight, this static stretching will not address the underlying cause of the tightness.