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The Anatomy of the Hip Flexor Muscles - Iliacus and the Psoas Major, Iliopsoas, Rectus Femoris


 

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Anatomy of the Hip Flexor Muscles

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Anatomy of the Hip Flexor Muscles

Anatomy of the Hip Flexor Muscles
Anatomy Chart courtesy of FCIT

The Iliopsoas actually consists of two muscles: the Iliacus and the Psoas Major. Together, they are known as the Iliopsoas.

The Iliacus originates on the pelvic crest and attaches on the femur.

The Psoas Major, the longer of the two muscles, originates on the lumbar vertebrae and attaches to the femur.

Not shown in this picture is the Rectus Femoris. It is one of the four Quadriceps muscles and the only one that crosses the hip joint. This crossing of the hip joint enables it to operate as a hip flexor as well as a knee extensor (straightening the knee).

Overdeveloped and tight hip flexors can contribute to lower back pain by causing the pelvis to tilt forward. To counteract this, you must stretch the hip flexors and strengthen the Abdominal muscles. This will reduce pelvic tilt and decrease lower back pain. Strengthening the lower back can also help improve the balance between the muscles of the hip region.




Functions

The function of the Iliopsoas is hip flexion, which means bringing the thigh up towards the abdomen. The hip flexors are also active when the abdomen is being moved towards the thighs, e.g. sit-ups




Exercises

Exercises that work the Hip Flexors include:

  • Sit-ups
  • Leg raises
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Resisted hip flexion


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The reason ab exercises are included here is that the hip flexors, being a small muscle group, are most often worked in conjunction with the abs. That being said, the first exercise on the list DOES work the hip flexors STRONGLY, in addition to the abs.


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