If you have ever been out running and you felt as if your hip snapped or popped out, it is a case of Snapping hip syndrome. This snapping of the hip usually happens when taking a corner.
Cause of Snapping of hip
The Snapping hip syndrome is because of the repetitive nature of running. This repetitive movement of the hip causes thickening of the tendons in the hip region. It happens after a long training period.
According to Wikipedia Page, this condition is usually curable with appropriate treatment, or sometimes it heals spontaneously. If it is painless, there is little cause for concern.
Therapy for Snapping hip syndrome.
A self-treatment recommended by the U.S. Army for a soft tissue injury of the iliopsoas muscle treatment, like for other soft tissue injuries, is a HI-RICE (Hydration, Ibuprofen, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) regimen lasting for at least 48 to 72 hours after the onset of pain. “Rest” includes such commonsense prescriptions as avoiding running or hiking. Source, Wikipedia Page.
Stretching exercise will also help in healing the hip.
A few tips for doing calf stretch. Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.
The following exercise video demonstrates how to do a calf stretch.
The benefit of hip stretching is that it makes your muscles more flexible allowing them to extend back far enough behind you before it comes forward again. This flexibility allows you to run faster and stronger. It also makes you less injury prone.
The following images show types of hip stretching exercises you can do at home
Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.
After Dara Torres won silver at beijing summer games, she credited her success to two secrets, amino acid supplements and a mode of stretching known as Resistance stretching in which she stretches or elongates her muscles against resistance.
Benefits of resistance stretching
The benefits of resistance stretching are flexibility and strength
This video by Al Rocker guided by Bob cooley, author of best selling book Genius of flexibility demonstrates resistance stretching.