My What Muscle? What You Need to Know About Your Psoas (SO-as)

The psoas muscle (pronounced SO-as) may be the most important muscle in your body. Without this essential muscle group you wouldn’t even be able to get out of the bed in the morning!

In fact, whether you run, bike, dance, practice yoga, or just hang out on your couch, your psoas muscles are involved. That’s because your psoas muscles are the primary connectors between your torso and your legs. They affect your posture and help to stabilize your spine.

The psoas muscles are made of both slow and fast twitching muscles. Because they are major flexors, weak psoas muscles can cause many of the surrounding muscles to compensate and become overused. That is why a tight or overstretched psoas muscle could be the cause of many of your aches and pains, including low back and pelvic pain.

Structurally, your psoas muscles are the deepest muscles in your core. They attach from your 12th thoracic vertebrae to your 5th lumbar vertebrae, through your pelvis and then finally attach to your femurs. In fact, they are the only muscles that connect your spine to your legs.

Your psoas muscles allow you to bend your hips and legs towards your chest, for example when you are going up stairs. They also help to move your leg forward when you walk or run, flex your trunk forward when you bend over to pick up something from the floor and also stabilize your trunk and spine during movement and sitting.

Psoas contraction also occurs when you:
• Sit for long periods of time
• Engage in excessive running or walking
• Sleep in the fetal position
• Do a lot of sit-ups

The types of movement which can strain your psoas muscles include standing/bending and twisting from your waist without moving your feet (think vacuuming or yard work), or any movement that causes your leg to externally rotate while extended, such as Ballet-style leg lifts, and even doing too many sit ups (your psoas muscles complete the last half of a sit up).

Please check back next issue for ways to treat Psoas syndrome.

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Dr. Brenda Kingen has 25 years of experience. She utilizes Chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique, Acupuncture and Laser therapy in her practice.

Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center
2001 S. Hanley Rd., Ste. 220
Brentwood, MO 63144