In a previous article, I mentioned that back pain is one of the primary reasons for visiting your doctor. The pain is either a constant dull throbbing or a sharp pointed pain, and in a desperate attempt to resolve the issue, you trek all the way to your doctor... but what if you could take control and do something to feel better?
A major contributor to lower back pain is a tight psoas muscle, or rather group of muscles. The psoas group attach at the lumbar spine, run through the pelvis and then connect on the inside of the femur bone.
This group of muscles flexes and bends the spine, so when it gets tight, it pulls on your spine, tilts your pelvis forward, and creates tension on the vertebraes.
Unfortunately, the psoas is hard to find as it is deep, and often obscured by tight quadriceps or weak abdominal muscles. When the abdominals are weak, the psoas takes over and supports these weak muscles which is the primary cause of low back pain.
With yoga you can target the psoas group with poses such as lunges, back bends, and hip stretches. The variety and efficiency with which yoga pinpoints and lengthens the psoas is amazing!
What are the signs of tight psoas?
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