The Psoas Muscle

Why is this muscle so important and why do we need to learn how to relax it or suffer the consequences? What consequences you ask yourself? Well, there is lower back ache, hip problems, postural imbalance leading to knee problems, the list is almost endless but don’t worry there is lots we can do to prevent all these problems.

How is it that this muscle gives us so many possible problems?

If you consider that the Psoas muscle originates from the anterior surfaces and the lower borders of the transverse processes of the vertebrae T12-L5

Then note that the muscle inserted at the Lesser trochanter of the femur (a fancy way of saying that it connects at the inside of the top of the thigh bone.

The primary functions of this muscle is to flex the hip joint, give it external rotation and to bend the lumbar vertebral column Knowing this and that we spend most of our lives seated, an action supported by the action of this muscle it is no wonder it affects our lower back to have this muscle in an almost constant state of contraction.

So what can we do to counter the effect of this constant contraction of this most important postural muscle?

Activate its counter muscles! Activate your glutes and open the front of the body. Give the Psoas muscle signals to relax, but that is a topic for another post.

Keep your eyes open for the next blog post and if you have more anatomy questions post them in the comments and we will make sure to address them next time.