Is Your Psoas (so-as) Sassy (sas-ee)? Physical Therapy in Denver
If there is one muscle to be kind to...it would be this one!!
Location: The psoas muscle attaches along the lumbar (lower) spine, travels through the pelvic area and inserts
on the lesser trochanter of the femur (upper inner thigh). It sits behind the abdominal muscles and links the spine
to the legs.
Function: The psoas muscle is responsible for maintaining the strength and integrity of the hips, lumber spine, pelvis and legs. It enables you to walk, run and climb stairs by lifting your thigh towards your chest. The psoas works with other muscles to support your upright position and stabilize your spine.
Prolonged sitting on your bike, in your car or at your desk contributes to a shortened psoas. You are constantly using this muscle. As you sit and hopefully read this newsletter, your psoas muscle is tightening. Overtime, the muscle will adapt to a shortened/weakened state and can easily disrupt the beautiful balance in your lumbar/hip area. Once this tightness occurs, you may begin to notice a variation of the above mentioned symptoms.
As you sit and read this newsletter, your Psoas muscle is tightening.
Symptoms of a Sassy Psoas: Lingering low back pain
- Hip pain/stiffness
- Groin/thigh pain
- Clicking or snapping in the hip region
- Chronic quadricep strain
- Poor core strength
- Deep abdominal discomfort
- Difficulty standing up straight
- Difficulty rising from a seated position
Whether you are a cyclist training for the triple bypass or someone who enjoys strolls in the park, never underestimate this feisty, powerful and full of spirit muscle. Yoga stretches, Pilates exercises and massage
therapy are all wonderful ways to keep this muscle out of trouble.
~ Jess Henry
References: psoasbodywork.com, livestrong.com