People struggling with FAI hip impingement often have very tight / dense hip flexors and adductors and when they stretch these areas they feel pain.
Other stretches that can cause pain are the Butterfly stretch, Frog stretch, Goalie stretch, etc.
Does this mean you should never do these stretches? Absolutely not…BUT you should:
1.) Be very slow and gentle with the stretches
2.) Do specific tissue work prior to stretching
3.) Be patient (re-modeling tissue takes time
The basic rules of thumb are: use caution and possibly focus more on targeted tissue work BEFORE stretching.
People who have taken the approach I describe in the video have reported back to me that they are feeling that for the first time EVER the stretches are starting to feel good instead of pinchy / painful.
Check out the video for more discussion and cues on what to do if you are getting pain in the front of the hip or groin during hip flexor and adductor stretches.
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