What is the iliopsoas muscle?
The textbooks describe psoas as “The Hidden Prankster” – and from everything we have seen in our clinic, it couldn’t be closer to the truth.
The iliopsoas muscle complex is located behind your abdomen, under your intestines, and connects from the front of your spinal column, into the front of the hips. It is the main stabilising muscle of your spine – it is the filet mignon of the human. It is the juiciest and most tender muscle that we have, and probably the most important – as it is the only muscle that crosses your centre of gravity. Because of its location, if it is tight, then it has the ability to change your whole posture, causing tightness and stiffness up towards your back and shoulders, and also down toward the hips, legs and feet.
When the iliopsoas complex is tight, weak or has active trigger points within it, it can cause all sorts of issues. Primarily it is low back pain and stiffness, but can then accentuate into sciatic pain, postural issues, headaches – the list goes on.
What do the HPM Centre staff do for people with low back pain?
Our clinicians have worked for years treating all kinds of lower back pain, form acute muscles spasms to more chronic injuries. From our years of work reading journals, treating patients and travelling around the country, we have ascertained that there is not one particular way that medical professionals routinely assess lower back pain, nor one way that they are treated. Some clinicians are intent on manipulative spinal treatment with no exercise, some have purely exercise programs – however despite all this people continue to ask: Why is my back pain still there??
At the HPM Centre we do things in a sensible, logical order. The psoas major muscle is the most important muscle of the body, but is probably the least properly treated when it comes to lower back pain. Since graduation our clinicians have treated Lower Back Pain in this way, in conjunction of course with strengthening programs and joint mobilisation – and have seen some astonishing results. When combined with movement, strength and good habits, and a sound understanding of what is safe for your back – you can get back to doing the things you want to do with your life.
We love treating Low Back Pain and want to help in any way we can. Get in touch with us via the contact form or call 1300 16 55 33 to make a time to see us today.