Psoas Muscle Release
The psoas muscle is often tight and tender on a lot of people, if you don't have tightness and tenderness in the psoas consider yourself lucky! Much of it is related to our western lifestyle of sitting a lot, not moving very much, and not making flexibility a priority. As we've moved from standing up straight to sitting much more often, new problems arise. The psoas is at the core of these and a psoas muscle release is just what the doctor ordered.
A psoas muscle release can provide a lot of relief if you're having psoas tightness, pain, or weakness. This is usually the time to perform a psoas muscle release because it's not too "engrained" in it's pattern of tightness and muscular dysfunction. If you let your tight psoas muscle go, it has the potential to be a game changer, and not in a good way! A shortened and tight psoas muscle in the long run can wreck your back, cause hip immobility, lead to lumbar disc issues, and even cause your posture to completely change for the worst. Releasing it early gives you the opportunity to keeps psoas dysfunction from progressing and being a long-term rehab project. The psoas muscle has a lot of power and influence, and that's why releasing the psoas muscle can make such an immediate difference as well as bring relief.
When I say release, I mean releasing the psoas from a shortened and contracted state and restoring it to a lengthened and relaxed state. If your tight psoas is shortened and contracted it's going to be dysfunctional and weak. It can no longer draw on the full length of muscle fiber and it's not reaching it's potential. Psoas muscle discomfort can often result from acute injuries where there's a sudden injury to the muscle. I've seen it happen frequently with CrossFit, weight lifting, and running since these activities place a lot of demand on the body. Psoas discomfort can also be insidious, in other words it seems like it started for no specific reason. Most of my patients typically don't know what caused their discomfort, it just seemed to "build up over time." Either way, a psoas muscle release is a great place to start in either of these cases.
If you're looking for a psoas muscle release, first see this hip flexor weakness test to determine "Is my hip flexor weak?" This video shows how to muscle test hip flexion and then isolates the psoas muscle to test for psoas muscle weakness.
Hip Flexor Weakness Test
Having a weak psoas causes all kinds of movement dysfunction and can lead to pain as discussed earlier. If you have a weak hip flexion caused by an underactive or weak psoas, try this psoas muscle release.
Hip Flexor Release
It's always good to follow up psoas assessment and psoas muscle release with a good regimen of at home exercises to release the psoas muscle fix movement dysfunction. I cover the most effective psoas stretch and also a psoas strengthening exercise in this video.
AccessHealth Chiropractic Center offers free 10 minute consultations on your psoas muscle pain and tightness, as well as other musculoskeletal complaints you might want to address and rehab. If you're looking for chiropractic care in Cary, Apex, or Raleigh we're the area's experts on joint and tissue mobility for an active lifestyle.