Psoas Muscle Pain: 9 Central Questions and Answers

Plus Summary: The Psoas Muscles, Stretching the Psoas, and Abdominal Exercises for Back Pain

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  1. How do tight psoas muscles cause a painful groin pull and what can you do to free them?

  2. How do postural changes from tight psoas muscles cause back pain?

  3. How do tight psoas muscles cause digestive problems and constipation?

  4. How do the tight psoas muscles affect walking gait?

  5. How does poor foot function cause psoas muscles to get tight?

  6. How does excessive sitting and insufficient movement cause psoas muscles to get and stay tight?


  7. What are signs of healthy psoas muscle functioning?

  8. How do abdominal strengthening and psoas stretching exercises affect the psoas muscles?

  9. What practical action can people take to eliminate psoas muscle pain (i.e., improve psoas muscle functioning)?

Summary of "THE PSOAS MUSCLES, PSOAS STRETCHES, and ABDOMINAL EXERCISES for BACK PAIN"

SYMPTOMS AND LOCATION OF PSOAS MUSCLE PAIN ("ILIOPSOAS SYNDROME")

Psoas muscle pain may show up as

  • groin pain (psoas tendinitis or psoas bursitis)
  • deep pelvic pain, usually on one side, inside, along the hip bone
  • pain deep in the belly
  • lower back pain across the back at waist-level.
    The lower back pain doesn't come directly from the psoas muscles, but from the posture they cause.
  • pain in the front of the hip joint
    -- the underlying condition behind labrum tears of the hip joint and loss of hip joint cartilage (leading to hip joint replacement surgery)
  • constipation
  • pelvic forward tilt
    triggers tension in the lower back muscles, when sitting and standing
  • bulging belly

COMMON CAUSES of TIGHT PSOAS

  • injury to the leg or foot
    taking weight off by retracting the leg
  • Too much sitting

ALTERNATE CAUSE of TIGHT PSOAS

Twisted Sacrum | a hard fall or blow to the hip
See Understanding S-I Joint Pain

LOCATION OF THE PSOAS MUSCLES

The psoas muscles run from the inside of the groin, up through the pelvis, where they divide into two parts:
  1. along the inside of the hip bones (ilia)
  2. along the front of the spine, where they insert along vertebrae near the waist and near the diaphragm

ALTERNATE CAUSE of most LOW BACK PAIN

Tight Spinal Extensor (back) Muscles
See chronic back pain

HEALTHY FUNCTION

  • psoas well-coordinated with hip joint flexors
  • free hamstrings
  • spring in the step; legs feel light, rather than drag
  • good bowel function
  • knees move straight-forwardly, in walking, rather than turned out and moving in a roundabout way
  • pelvis close to horizontal, centered

APPROACH to CORRECTING FUNCTION

Correct muscle/movement memory: release contraction, cultivate healthy tone, coordination, movement: somatic education exercises.
  • stretching: no
  • strengthening: no
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