Uncover Your Hidden Psoas Muscle for Hip and Back Pain Relief

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It's with excitement that we greet our clients at the

door. . . walking straighter, without a limp, no

longer grimacing, moving with pride and confidence.

 

Why does this thrill us so?  Because the first time

we meet our clients this is what we often see. . .

 

They drag in from the door and lean over the

counter for support, unconsciously attempting to

alleviate discomfort.  When they get up their chair

they are unable to stand erect.  They have to take

a few steps before they straighten up.

 

We immediately know why you are here . . .

You want freedom from your pain and stiffness!

And we know that slumped over posture means

a tight and overlooked psoas muscle may be to

blame for your frustration.

 

 

My so-what muscle you may ask. . .

If you find yourself searching for relief from back,

groin, pelvic, or hip pain, you may need to

investigate your psoas muscles.  Pronounced

"so-as", these deep core muscles connect your

spine to your thigh bones.

 

What is the psoas muscle?

 

The psoas is hidden in your pelvis behind many

internal organs. Yout can't see it when you flex in

the mirror, so it's often forgotten when stretching

and strengthening.  However, they are the

strongest of a group of muscles called the hip

flexors.

 

These muscles work to pull the thigh and trunk

toward each other. When tight or weak, you can

experience problems in the back, pelvis, or hip.

When healthy, it stabilizes the back, maintains

posture, and moves the legs.

 

 

Unfortunately, most of us have a tight psoas

muscle. This is due to spending much of our day

sitting. In this position, the distance between our

back and thighs becomes shorter. . . shortening the

connecting psoas muscle.

 

 

Why is the psoas muscle important?

 

A strong psoas muscle allows us to have a healthy

upright posture, back pain freedom, and optimal

sports performance. It's used to flex your hip or

bring it forward when walking, marching, running,

or stair climbing.

 

Due to chronic poor postures, the psoas muscle

tightens, often with "knots" or trigger points in

the muscles.  When too tight, it pulls the spine

and pelvis out of alignment.

 

The muscle is tired and tight causing pain and

weakness throughout the lower body that can make

even the easiest task a challenge. When in  good

working order it gives you the support you need to

perform daily tasks. . . picking up groceries or

carrying a child.

 

What causes a tight psoas muscle?

  • weak stomach or buttock muscles
  • chronic sitting or slumping
  • prolonged cycling or marching motions
  • weak pelvic floor muscles or post pregnancy
  • sleeping in a fetal position
  • bad posture

 

What are the symptoms?

  • limitations in hip movement
  • pain across the front of the hip or groin
  • low back pain
  • deep pelvic pain
  • chronic constipation or digestive issues
  • difficulty taking a deep breath
  • pain referred down the leg to the knee
  • pain relieved when sitting

 

Chronic tightness can lead to additional problems

in the trunk and lower body including:

  • forward tilted pelvis causing a "pot belly"
  • hamstring strain
  • knee pain or tendinitis
  • nerve impingement in the hip
  • sway back appearance
  • increased risk for disc injury

 

Digestive and respiratory issue can also follow due

to the relationship of this muscle to both the

diaphragm and intestines.

 

How do you treat the psoas muscle?

 

Muscles and joints need to work together  properly

for fluid pain free movement. Therefore,

comprehensive treatment must include the psoas

muscle AND all the surrounding muscles and joints.

 

A functional movement screen, as part of our

assessment, can show how all the parts are helping

or hindering one another. Treatment by a physical

therapist often includes stretching, soft tissue and

spine mobilization, and core strengthening.  As

treatment progresses, posture becomes more

upright and pain symptoms decrease.

 

There are many things you can do at home to both

prevent and self treat tightness or weakness.  Next

week we will explore more specifically what YOU

can do to care for your psoas.

 

If you are interested in finding out TODAY if your

psoas muscle is the cause of your back pain or hip

pain, request a free discovery call HERE.

Or learn more about natural back pain relief through

our free e-book link HERE.