Psoas muscles...What are they?
The psoas muscles are located in the front of the hips and attach along the sides of the lumbar spine. Their main action is to flex the hip up toward the head. This muscle is also important in the maintenance of low back pain due to the fact that it attaches to the spine. When the psoas group is tight it can put increased pressure on the lumbar spine causing back pain. Also, when the core stabilizing muscles are weakened the psoas group will work overtime to try and help, which again feeds into the tightness
If you have back pain with standing for long periods or sit for long periods during the day this easy stretch for the psoas group can go a long way. Lunge forward until a stretch is felt in the front of the hip on the side where the knee is down. Perform 1-2x/day and hold for 60 seconds.
Always consult a healthcare professional before starting a new exercise program
Lukas Mehling PT, DPT