April 11, 2023
Written by: Zarmeena Gull (Senior Osteopath at OHC)
Do you ever feel like your hips are as tight as a pair of skinny jeans that are two sizes too small? Well, if you want to loosen up those hips and unleash some serious dance moves, then you might want to try the psoas release!
There are several factors that can contribute to tight hips problem, including prolonged sitting, lack of physical activity or stretching, muscle imbalances, injury or trauma, and underlying medical conditions such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.
The psoas muscle runs from your lower back all the way down to your thigh bone, and it can get tight from sitting too much or not stretching enough. But with the psoas release, you can release that tension and experience some amazing benefits.
The Fun About Psoas
Get up and do the “Psoas dance” – Stand up and pretend you’re a superhero with your hands on your hips. Now lift one knee up towards your chest and hold it there for a few seconds, then lower it back down. Repeat on the other side. This movement is actually a gentle psoas release, and doing it regularly can help relieve tension and pain in your lower back.
Benefits of Psoas release
- Better posture: Your psoas muscle is connected to your spine and plays a key role in maintaining good posture. If your psoas is tight, it can pull your spine out of alignment and contribute to poor posture. By releasing tension in your psoas, you can help improve your posture and reduce the risk of chronic pain and injury.
- Boost your athletic performance – If you’re an athlete, a healthy and relaxed psoas muscle can help you run faster, jump higher, and move with greater agility. By doing regular psoas release exercises, you can improve your flexibility and range of motion, which can translate into better athletic performance.
- Improve your digestion – Believe it or not, your psoas muscle plays a role in your digestive health. When your psoas is tight and constricted, it can put pressure on your digestive organs and disrupt their normal function. By releasing tension in your psoas, you can help improve your digestion and reduce discomfort.
- Reduced back pain: Since the psoas muscle is connected to your lower back, releasing it can help alleviate back pain and stiffness.
- Reduced stress: The psoas is also known as the “fight or flight” muscle, because it’s involved in our body’s stress response. By releasing it, you can help calm your nervous system and reduce stress levels.
So, if you want to dance like nobody’s watching and feel amazing while doing it, give the psoas release a try!
How We can Help
Our experienced therapists use a combination of massage, stretching, and gentle pressure to release tension in the psoas muscle, providing relief to your lower back, hips, and pelvis. Don’t let a tight psoas muscle restrict your movements and quality of life – try our Psoas Release Treatment today and feel the difference.