People often regard muscles as being superficial and aesthetic, like the biceps, pectoral muscles, and let’s not forget the all-important butt! But people, in doing so, ignore the more important muscles of our body such as the iliopsoas. The psoas muscle is fundamental to know since it is responsible for approximately 50% of all back pain.
Yet, many professionals fail to be concerned enough to assess it, and thereby fail to effectively help their patients. In our North American society, we tend to rely far too often only the results of radiographical examinations and medical imaging. These tests should be used in obtaining objective examination of evidence to establish that a mechanical structure may be damaged and that the surgery may be considered.
But that isn’t what happens. When they do not get the results they expect, or when their patients reach a plateau of recovery, many doctors refer immediately for such examinations in the hope that they can find the answer to the patient’s problem, and so these results reductions prove negative.
The psoas is a muscle that originates from the hip and passes through the abdomen into the lower quadrant; it is additionally deeply attached to the five lumbar vertebrae. This muscle has a particular predisposition to become tense since its fascia is continuous with that of the kidney and also in continuity with the diaphragm. In doing so, the psoas in involved in the mechanism a lot of emotional stress, and particularly, fears.
Fears are the predominant negative emotion at the moment on the planet. Moreover, given the frequent sitting postures in different workstations, the psoas does not enjoying stretching on a regular basis, and so stresses accumulate quickly and make the muscle become tense, or even retracted.
Therefore, far too much tension builds up in the lower back, and thus causes back pain. Lying down on your back with legs stretched becomes difficult to maintain for long periods of time as the pain sets in and forces the individual to change position. The psoas is also involved in several types of lower abdominal pain.
In the elderly, it generates a bending of the trunk forward. Who hasn’t noticed that older people tend to walk more stooped than younger people? In so doing, they gradually lose the extension of the hip; the muscle becomes smaller and smaller and balance becomes increasingly precarious.
As the hip extension is limited, the lubrication of the rear portion of the hip is no longer adequate and the phenomenon of degeneration settles. The ensuing wear sometimes becomes so significant that surgeons must perform surgery: total hip replacement. This procedure is done every day in every hospital around the world, which is a shame because this can be well avoided in advance through the application of regular stretching exercises of the psoas at home!