Newport Beach Chiropractor Explain Importance of Psoas Muscle
If you sit at a computer all day or spend hours on the road, you may be playing havoc with your psoas muscle and injuring your lower back.
If you’ve never been introduced to the psoas muscle, it’s one of the largest muscles in the human body. Located deep inside the abdomen, it attaches to the front of the spine and the spinal disks from the diaphragm (12th thoracic) through the bottom of the low back spine (5th lumbar). It joins up with a muscle that attaches to the inside of the hip bone called the illiacus, then attaches to the upper leg bone.
The psoas affects posture and helps stabilize the spine. It also flexes the hip, so it’s integral for walking, going up and down stairs, and even sitting down.
Problems arise when the muscle spends too much time in a shortened position. It will tend to stay that way and be difficult to move again. So you get an ache in the lower back from sitting too long, and pain when you stand up from a seated position or upon arising in the morning after sleeping in the fetal position all night.
The reason for this is that you are foreshortening the psoas when you sit for long periods of time or when you sleep on your side with your legs curled up.
When you stand up after sitting or lying down, your psoas muscle has to lengthen. If it is tight, it will pull on the low back and disks and create stress. You might feel this as a tightness across the lower back, stiff hips – or pain. What’s more, if the muscle is tighter on one side than it is on the other, that creates torsion and, eventually, structural problems.
Sometimes, patients require assistance from a chiropractor. But the problem can often be resolved if patients will do one or more simple stretches, such as the one detailed here:
- Place your right foot forward with your left knee on the ground. Inhale.
- Exhale as you push your left hip forward while trying to tuck your pelvis.
- Inhale while stretching your left arm into the air overhead, leaning slightly to your right.
- Breathe deeply and repeat with the other leg.
Some additional tips:
- Get up and walk around. Sitting is the absolute worst for your psoas. Try to get up and walk around during the day.
- Foam Roll. Foam rollers are great for tight muscles. Lie on your stomach with the foam roller at groin level. Roll your hip region up and down, from over your pelvic bone to mid-thigh.
See a chiropractor to keep your body functioning properly. Consider paying a visit to Dr. Nona Djavid at Wellness Choice Center, serving clients in Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar, Irvine and Costa Mesa.
At Wellness Choice Center, Dr. Nona Djavid is among only a handful of Orange County, California, chiropractors trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), which remodels and realigns the spine to restore nerve flow impeded by spinal misalignments, or vertebrae that have shifted out of position.
Dr. Djavid has helped thousands of Newport Beach, Irvine, Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, and Costa Mesa, California, residents live healthier lives. Call Wellness Choice Center at 949-387-1333 for a free consultation and exam to see if you qualify for care.