Psoas Muscle Pain: I cannot express to you how important the psoas muscles are. They are the core of the core of you. These are muscles that literally hold your top half to the bottom half!
Unfortunately, I have found that most people suffer from injured psoas muscles which hold both physical and emotional trauma.
The major role of these enormous muscles is a stabilizing one, not a hip flexor. It originates from the lumbar vertebra (lower to mid back), extends right through the hip girdle and attaches to the femur in the upper leg.
This is why you may have lower back pain when your psoas is too tight.
Additionally, it would be benefical for you to include a stretch for your quads which also are definately hip flexors. Hip Flexors Stretch
This one looks easy, however, it's very difficult to manage, so you’ll have to carefully read instructions to get full benefit. Try to persevere. Good luck! I hope you psoas muscle pain will vanish....
Stretch 2: This ball stretch is FANTASTIC for your tight psoas muscle - and worth the expense of a $30 ball just for this!!! When you lie sideways over the ball, your hip needs to sit exactly on the top of the ball.
You'll feel like a circus clown at first - but persevere because you need to get you elbow on the floor...You balance yourself by placing feet in the right position - you will find that yourself. Close your eyes - and breathe.
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This psoas stretch stretches not only your psoas, but also the quads & hamstrings. Cross one leg across under the other and push back to this position. When you get used to this position tilt the upper body and head back. Close your eyes and relax.
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