At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, we understand that back pain, is a broad term and the reasons why we get it are even broader. We live in the information era, and while gives us the info and tech, it on the flip side also gives us dysfunction, the main offender being back pain. Now like I have mention, back pain or low back pain are broad terms, so let’s talk about your psoas.
So who is your Psoas and what does he do? Your Psoas is one of your main hip flexors, originating from your lower back, it passes over your pelvis and it attaches behind your femur (upper leg bone). – Yeah, that’s right, there is something there, it’s big, and you use it every single day.
Now here is why we need to talk about Mr. Psoas. He’s the guys in your office that does a lot of the behind the scenes work, the nice guy who goes about his business and doesn’t often ask much from anyone. Problem is when this dude is pissed he will let you know about it, whether it be the drop in productivity or the abuse that he will hurl at you, either way, you’re going to feel it and have a bad time.
Now the information era while awesome for us, it can be Mr. Psoas’ worst enemy, and more often than not our long stints of the computer are his biggest beef with us. When we are seated for long periods of time Mr. Psoas gets comfy and gets used to his new position, he gets shorter, but he doesn’t mind, so long as he can stretch out (go for a walk) every once in a while. It’s when you don’t let him stretch that he’ll lose his temper.
So here is what he does. Ever seen someone walking down the street that is tilted awkwardly at the hips, maybe even hunched over like our old mate Quasimodo? That’s Mr. Psoas. It’s gotten so used to being shorter, that when the psoas does stretch out, it doesn’t want to lengthen even when it’s meant to (like when you stand for example).
The restriction that is caused by the psoas will not only pull you forward in the standing and upright position (due to its low back attachment point), but it increases pressure on your spine and back muscles, potentially leading to headaches, and even worse… a hunchback and this is just the beginning!
When this dude is pissed, and not happy in his office, then neither will be his co-workers. Radiating pain through low back, the front of quads will begin to happen, and if you think that is bad, how about the potential vertebral wedging, disc degeneration, neck and rib problems down the track? – Yeah, that’s right, the list is long. So it is pretty obvious, keep this dude happy and you won’t want to look like Quasimodo.
About the Author:
Ben Dillon is resident Myotherapist at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. He has been in health and fitness for five years, with a focus on rehabilitation and sports. I hold a Bachelor of Health Science – Musculoskeletal Therapy, Diploma of Remedial Massage and Certificates III and IV in Fitness.
Over the years I have worked with my clients to achieve their specific goals ranging from police and military fitness training, sports preseason training and injury management.