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Psoas Muscle Pain: Nine Questions and Answers

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For Psoas Muscle Groin Pain: a Better Way to End It and Regain Free Movement

Symptoms, Psoas Health | Pandiculation Exercises for Faster Relief That Lasts

©2008 Lawrence Gold
certified practitioner
Hanna Somatic Education®

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  1. How do psoas muscle injuries happen?

  2. How do tight psoas muscles cause iliopsoas bursitis or tendinitis -- and what can you do to stop the pain?

  3. When is stretching your psoas muscles the wrong thing to do?

  4. When may a diagnosis of "tight psoas muscles" be wrong or misleading?

  5. How do foot injuries cause psoas muscles to get tight?

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


  7. What do healthy psoas muscles do?

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

  9. What can you do for yourself to end psoas muscle pain?

Summary of "For Psoas Muscle Groin Pain: a Better Way to End It and Regain Free Movement"

("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 in the stomach region
  • pain at the front of the hip joint (where pants-pockets are)
    -- 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 low-grade 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

THE CAUSE of most LOW BACK PAIN

Tight Spinal Extensor (back) Muscles
See chronic back pain

HEALTHY PSOAS 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

  • stretching: no
  • strengthening: no
  • effectiveness: superior
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