The Psoas is a muscle of the lower back and hip and is very often missed as a cause of low back pain. But, where is the Psoas and is it the cause of your low back pain? What is Psoas Syndrome? And, does Psoas muscle massage or Psoas stretching really work?
The Psoas muscle runs from the low back through the pelvis. At it’s highest point the psoas attaches to the side of the thoracic and lumbar spine, including the spinal discs! It runs down through the pelvis where it lays over the lumbar plexus of nerves that includes the sciatic nerve. At the lowest point the Psoas attaches to the medial, or inside portion of the femur, just below the hip joint. Due to it’s location, the Psoas is an important muscle of the low back and hip and is vital for core strength and stability of the lumbar spine.
The Psoas muscle flexes the hip, adducts (brings in) the hip and rotates the hip outward. It also can lift the pelvis on one side (hip hike) and bend the lower spine to one side. With so many functions, the Psoas is very important in both the movement of the hip and the stability of the low back. When the Psoas is functioning well, we can have hip mobility with good core stability.
Chronic tightness in the Psoas muscle is often called Psoas Syndrome. Basically, all the symptoms of a tight Psoas make up Psoas Syndrome. Often a tight Psoas will cause low back pain, hip tightness, lower back muscle spasms or radiating pain in the front or the back of the leg like sciatica. Functionally, a tight Psoas will cause instability of the low back, poor hip flexibility and difficulty getting up from sitting.
The most common cause of Psoas Syndrome, or a tight Psoas is prolonged sitting. Because the Psoas is intricately connected to very thick fascia, shortening it constantly by sitting will cause the muscle and the fascia to become tight and adhered to one another. This is why simple Psoas stretches just don’t work and why low back stretches for pain can’t make a sustained change in the Psoas.
If simple Psoas stretches don’t seem to work for long-term release of the Psoas, then what does? Studies show (White Paper) that self-myofascial-release does work to relieve tightness and pain in muscles like the Psoas, when a proper tool provides for targeted self-treatment. But with the Psoas’s unique angle, the thick fascial connections and different body shapes and sizes, one size-fits-all tools never worked. Even worse, trying to use weights, kettlebells or foam rollers is inefficient and ineffective.
That’s why Thrival’s Meat Grinder is the perfect self-myofascial release tool. The Meat Grinder is a fully adjustable tool that meets the requirements you need for effective treatment. With the unique angle of the treatment heads, this psoas release tools actually works! It’ll fit any size athlete and can reach the entire length of the Psoas muscle. With the Thrival Method of self-myofascial-release you’ll have no doubt that your hitting the target and releasing the Psoas.
For treatment of low back pain caused by Psoas tightness or Psoas Syndrome nothing beats the Thrival Meat Grinder.