Why The Psoas Muscle May Be Contributing To Your Pain

You’re probably going to get tired of me saying this, but, I want to reiterate my belief that most cases of back pain are due to muscular imbalances in the lower half of the body.

These muscular imbalances involve a tight muscle(s) on one side of a joint and a weak muscle(s) on the other side of a joint. In this blog post, we’re going to look at the Psoas Muscle.

Short Video Explains Why Sitting Can Lead To Backache

I have found a good video that I want you to watch after you’ve finished reading this short article. It’s by a chiropractor named Jose Guevara. “Dr. G” as he goes by, does a good job of walking you through a quick introduction to this particular muscle and why it can cause you some problems.

Dr. G starts out by giving you a very brief lesson in the anatomy involved with this muscle. It attaches to front of each vertebrae in the lower back.  That’s at least 5 bones. Sometimes the muscle extends up into the middle back vertebrae.

He then goes on to tell you some of the actions and motions that the muscle does. The primary thing that he mentions in this video is that the Psoas flexes the hip. That simply means that it brings your knee up toward your chest.

In an exaggerated example, if you are climbing steps or a ladder and you’re bringing your knee toward your chest then it’s primarily the Psoas that’s doing the work. But it’s at work even when you’re walking. You don’t have to be climbing.

So, when your knee is relatively close to your chest, this means the Psoas is in a shortened position. When it stays in this shortened position, like when your sitting down. It tends to stay short even when you try to stand up.

Do You Sit Down For Long Periods Of Time?

If you’re someone who sits most of the time, and have been doing so for a long time, chances are your Psoas muscles (you have one on each side of your body) are tight and contributing to your back pain.

What doctor G doesn’t go over is the opposing muscles that are weak. These are generally the gluteus maximus muscle and the hamstrings. These are the muscle groups that round out this particular muscular imbalance unit that helps to cause your lower back pain.

What Is The Psoas Muscle?

Take a look at this video. Dr. G gives you a little stretch that you can do at the end. Try it and see what you think.

This is a very good concise overview of one of the primary causes of back pain in people who have to sit long hours at a desk or in a truck.

More on what causes back pain: click here

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