Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting a chiropractor, primarily because it can prove to be so debilitating. There are several potential causes of this painful problem.
One of the main reasons people seek lower back pain chiropractic treatment is because they are suffering from a tight psoas muscle.
For many people, this comes as a surprise since they were unaware that they even had a psoas muscle in the first place! This thick, large muscle can prove to be extremely problematic.
Tightness in this muscle is one of the most common issues that we see among those visiting us for lower back pain chiropractic treatment in Garden City, MI.
Where Is My Psoas Muscle?
For those who have never heard of the Psoas muscle, it is one of the human body’s thickest and largest muscles.
The Psoas muscle begins at the spine’s lower vertebrae before inserting onto the femur’s posterior aspect. It is the primary hip flexor muscle, allowing us to move our legs upwards towards the chest from the hip.
It is especially helpful in enabling us to bend to the side, contracting only one side of the body, and in allowing us to flex our torso, bringing the leg and trunk closer together.
How Does the Psoas Muscle Cause My Back Pain?
If you need lower back pain chiropractic treatment due to a tight Psoas muscle, you’re probably wondering why this should be the case.
Those who have a very sedentary lifestyle – for example, those who work in office jobs – can often develop a tight Psoas muscle since their hip constantly remains flexed. When this muscle remains in its shortened state, it starts to become adapted to this flexed position which then becomes its new “normal.”
Tight Psoas muscles can also be caused by unusual hip positioning or an unusual walking gait.
When the Psoas muscle is tight, it pulls forward on the lower vertebrae causing the pelvis to have an anterior tilt. The result is an increased arch in the lower back (officially known as a hyperlordotic curve) and the additional pressure that this causes on the spine’s intervertebral discs can cause degeneration and a higher chance of injury as well as increased pain.
When only a single side of the Psoas muscle is tight, the pelvis and vertebral column can then be pulled laterally resulting in even more pain and further problems.
How Can I Help My Tight Psoas Muscle?
If you have been diagnosed with a tight Psoas, there are several things you can do to release it.
Moving around regularly is one of the most important changes you can make, and even if you have a sedentary occupation, it is important to make a point of getting up and moving around during the working day.
Making sure that you have a good posture when you are sitting will also help to prevent tightness in the Psoas muscle. Avoid leaning forward too much, and instead sit back in your chair, keeping your feet firmly on the floor. Avoid hooking them around your chair as this will increase the flexion in your hip.
Another step you can take is to avoid sleeping on your stomach as this hyper-extends the lower back, worsening the problem.
A professional massage is a very effective way of releasing the Psoas muscle, and while it may feel uncomfortable, it can work wonders in reducing your pain in the long run. Hip flexor and Psoas stretches performed a few days every day will also help a lot.
When you visit us for lower back pain chiropractic treatment in Garden City, MI, we can advise you on how to properly perform these exercises to improve your flexibility and reduce your pain.