Importance of the Psoas Major muscle

The psoas major muscle, often referred to as the iliopsoas, is a large muscle located in the human body. It is actually made up of two muscles, the psoas major and the iliacus, which work together. Here’s some key information about the psoas major muscle:

  1. Location: The psoas major muscle is located in the lower back and extends through the pelvis, attaching to the femur (thigh bone).
  2. Function: It plays a crucial role in hip flexion, which is the movement that raises your thigh toward your abdomen. This muscle is involved in activities like walking, running, and climbing stairs.
  3. Posture and Stability: The psoas major also helps maintain good posture and spinal stability by connecting the lower spine to the thigh bone. It’s often engaged when you sit up from a lying position.
  4. Common Issues: Tight or overactive psoas muscles can contribute to lower back pain and postural problems. Conversely, weak psoas muscles may lead to issues like poor hip flexion and posture.
  5. Stretching and Strengthening: Stretching exercises can help relieve tension in the psoas, while strengthening exercises can improve its function.
  6. Anatomy: The psoas major originates from the lumbar vertebrae (specifically L1-L5) and inserts into the lesser trochanter of the femur.
    ️ It’s important to note that the psoas major muscle is integral to many everyday movements, so keeping it healthy and balanced is essential for overall mobility and well-being.

At Florida Therapy & Vestibular Rehab, we will assess the muscular function & imbalances associated with the psoas muscle and design the appropriate program for you!

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