First AidFirst aid

 

Back today after my refresher first aid course yesterday.

 

Hopefully it is something which is never going to be needed but rest assured both myself, Jean, and Phil keep our first aid qualifications up to date just in case.

The Essential Role of the Psoas Muscle 

 

Having read this article by Stephen Falatyn I thought I would share it as this weeks blog

 

Muscles like the psoas are essential to helping us maintain a healthy spine position and healthy posture.

 

What is the psoas muscle?


In your body, there are 3 significant muscles that connect your spine to your legs. These include the gluteus maximus, piriformis, and psoas muscles.


The psoas muscle attaches to the vertebrae on your lumbar spine, and then crosses the outer edge of each pubis (near your pelvis). It next joins with the iliacus muscle at your inguinal ligament (in your groin region), and finally attaches at your femur. Your iliacus and psoas muscles are together known as the iliopsoas.


The role of your psoas muscle


You are able to stand and walk upright in part because the curve of your lower spine both bears and transfers the weight above it. The psoas muscle helps to create this curve, as it pulls your lumbar vertebrae both forward and down.


The psoas muscle also plays another essential role in helping you walk. When you are walking, your brain triggers your psoas muscle to move your back leg forward—initiating the alternation between the front and back leg. So each successful step you take is thanks in part to your psoas muscle.


An easy stretch for your psoas muscle


When you sit for extended periods of time, your psoas muscle may become tight. This, in turn, can pull your pelvis forward—which places pressure on your lumbar spinal discs. This additional pressure often results in lower back pain.


To help prevent—or treat—tightness in your psoas muscle, here is a simple stretch you can perform at home or the office:

 

• Find an area that is carpeted. If carpet is not available, you can place a cloth or towel on the ground beneath you.psoas


• Drop your left knee down beneath you, with your left leg extending away from your body and your toes touching the ground.


• Place your right leg in front of you (with your foot flat on the ground), so that your right leg forms about a 90-degree angle.


• Using strength from your buttock, gently drive your left knee backward and down.


• While doing this, maintain good posture with your shoulders tall and head upright.


• Hold this position for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the opposite leg.


The above stretch can be performed 2 to 3 times per day, and it is helpful to place yourself in front of a mirror to check for good posture.


Conclusion


If you suspect your psoas muscle is the cause of your lower back pain, schedule an appointment with your osteopath.

 

By Stephen P. Falatyn, MD
Published: 01/22/2018

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