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Alex Beasley
06-15-2012, 05:48 PM
Whenever I get into the couch/wall stretch for the hips (although I'm doing it with my knee up against my bedroom sofa, knee a couple inches away from contact for now) and set up in the stretch, I eventually start feeling a bit of pain or extreme discomfort in the front of my hip...it doesn't feel like a muscular stretch, either, which is the strange thing. I can't really put it into words how it feels, helpful I know, but I always feel it in the top of the hip socket. While it seems obvious that it's just the psoas being stretched, if I touch it in the stretch, it's so solid it feels like it's the bone where the pain/discomfort is.

Any idea what this discomfort is, whether it's just an incredibly tight psoas stretching painfully, or something else? Thanks.

Steven Low
06-15-2012, 07:32 PM
Could be something like FAI or possibly labrum or tight muscles impinging the hip.

Foam roll your TFL/glutes and see if that helps

Otherwise, if it's not affecting your movement then I wouldn't worry about it that much and just avoid that stretch