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Renewing You Massage – Low Back Pain

Let’s talk about low back pain. So many many people suffer from low back pain. Is your pain a come and go, every once in a while pain? Is it a everyday ordeal you deal with? Have you started a new job, or new workout routine and are now finding yourself in pain? There can be many causes of low back pain, but today we will address low back pain in relation to tight hip flexors.

Here is a picture of your hip flexor muscles:

As you can see the Psoas, the major hip flexor muscle, attaches to the femur (your upper leg bone) and then crosses the pelvic region and attaches to the SPINE from the front side! Oh MY! MIND BLOWN right now!! Not many people realize this. So why is that a cause of low back pain? Let me show you.

Factors to consider that lead to a shortened/tightened Psoas.

  • Prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged Driving
  • Overworking the Psoas. Example: Stair climbing, biking, hiking
  • Postural Imbalance
  • Improper form while doing sit-ups (trapping feet)
  • Weak abdominals.

Okay, so you are guilty or one more many of the factors that cause tight hip flexors! So what now?

Here are a few tips on how to deal with tight hip flexors:

  • Stretch!!! Yes, that simple! (Below is one example of a Psoas stretch. You can also just Google “Psoas Stretches” and find a wide variety of stretches).
  • Take short breaks to stand up and extend your hip flexors for a few minutes.
  • Be aware of what factors you are doing to your body and alter them. Your body will thank you.
  • Do more planks instead of sit ups. It will engage your core instead of your hip flexors.
  • Get a MASSAGE! You may be surprised, but the Psoas is one of my favorite muscles to work on. You will feel AMAZING after Psoas work.

 

 

Schedule with us online at RenewingYouMassage.com, or by calling 801-471-0877. Even if you aren’t looking for Psoas work, I’d love to give you the massage YOU need.

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