Did you know that nearly one in four adults over the age of 60 will experience hip pain? There are several causes of hip pain in seniors from experiencing a fall to arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and more. Severe hip pain can be debilitating and may even keep you from doing things you love. Thankfully there are ways you can help relieve some of that pain.
Basic treatment for hip pain includes rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and cold and hot compresses. But that’s not all. Stretches and certain exercises for hip pain can also help relieve the discomfort as well as increase mobility and strengthen muscles. If you’re ready to find some relief check out these 10 senior stretches and exercises for hip pain!
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The pigeon pose is a great stretch that opens the chest and can help relieve congestion. It’s a great pose for stretching the hips. Since this pose is performed on the floor we recommend using a cushioned mat.
Begin on all fours and then slowly bring your left knee forward, placing it behind your left wrist and your ankle near your right hip. Straighten your right leg behind you and allow your upper body to fold over your left leg but only go as far as you can comfortably. Take a few deep breaths while feeling the stretch and then return to the starting position. Repeat with the opposite side.
A quick tip: You can place a pillow under the knee for extra support.