Our modern lifestyles often offer little room for stretching or focusing on our bodies. From working at a desk all day or standing on our feet all day, our bodies aren’t getting proper recuperation following demanding lifestyles. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to achieve the all-over body wellness that we desire after a long taxing day. We can also supplement chiropractic care with simple stretches to deal with some common complaints we see on a regular basis in our office.
One of the lesser known muscles that causes a lot of pain and discomfort is the psoas muscle. This muscle extends deep beneath the abdomen across the lower back and around the spine. The disruption of this muscle causes lower back pain that can be unbearable. Usually, the pain will let up throughout the day as the muscle is lengthened. Sitting at a desk or sleeping in curled up positions causes the muscle to shorten. Extending the muscle is what causes pain, especially when the muscle isn’t being properly stretched and cared for. As it gets worse, this pain will last all day and start to affect the hips and body alignment. Our posture is deeply tied to this muscle, so maintaining proper posture is the first way to improve.
The best way to help with this problem is seeing a chiropractor regularly. We use specific, scientific chiropractic analysis to assure your hips & pelvis are aligned, thereby making sure that the psoas muscle has minimal stress, if any at attachment and insertion points. Also, it’s very interesting to note that psoas muscle is one of the only muscles to attach to the lumbar region of vertebral column. When chiropractic adjustments are delivered to the lumbar region, we are directly impacting the psoas muscle. We can’t stress enough how important the psoas muscle is in relation to the overall postural stability of your body!
The best way to release the psoas muscle at home is through this great stretch. To perform this stretch, start with kneeling down on the floor (use a yoga mat or something with a little cushion). Get in the position of kneeling down on one knee. Bring the other leg up with the foot on the same side resting on the floor. Bring the hips forward and down, in a lunging position. You should feel a pull and tightening in the hip and low back region. Hold this for 15 seconds and repeat on both sides for 3-5 times.
As a muscle that is so widely used, the psoas muscle also has deep ties in yoga training. There are also a myriad of yoga poses that can help relieve this muscle. Lying on your back and gently raising each leg at a 90 degree angle can stretch the psoas and hamstrings down your legs for a deep stretch to help reduce any tension buildup in the leg muscles.
Always remember to go slowly and never go further than what feels comfortable. Leave the deep stretches to the professionals who know how to gently loosen your muscles. And as always, remember to take nice deep breaths with every stretch and pull.
Incorporating these stretches into a small morning routine can go a long way to strengthening this muscle and preventing the pain that is associated with it. Additionally, after a long day, it might be a great idea to perform these stretches at the end of the day so your muscles are nice and relaxed before a great night of shut-eye!
Do you know someone who sits in front of a computer all day or has bad posture? Compass Family Chiropractic is passionate about spreading the knowledge of how amazing our bodies are with just slight alterations to day-to-day activities and keeping your nervous system free of misalignment and nerve interference. Our goal is to assure that you are functioning optimally, without pain and stiffness, thinking clearer and feeling great through specific, scientific chiropractic care. We look forward to working with you and your loved ones!
Contact us today at 770-452-0022 to set up a consultation with Dr. Campbell.