How NOT To Stretch the Psoas

How NOT To Stretch The Psoas

In previous posts we have commented on which are the most appropriate exercises when it comes to stretching the iliac psoas muscle. However, like everything in life there are two ways to do it, one of them is good and the other bad. Throughout this post we will point out how not to stretch the iliac psoas before any activity do as a physiotherapy routine. As well as pointing out what are the most common mistakes when stretching this muscle, as well as its consequences. While there is a lot of fabric to cut with this topic, we will explain again what this muscle is and where it is located in our body.

How NOT To Stretch The Psoas

The iliac psoas can easily become the most important muscle in our body (or that’s what we think). At least in terms of physiotherapy. This muscle is located in an area where it influences many delicate areas of the neck. When located in our pelvis, the iliac psoas affects:

  • The lumbar.
  • The hip.
  • The pelvis.
  • The diaphragm.

That is why this muscle is the center to take into consideration in many therapies. Not stretching the iliac psoas correctly can lead to endless problems, in each of the areas we have discussed. That is why below we will reveal what are the mistakes you make the most in your stretching.

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How not to stretch the iliac psoas: Most common mistakes.

While stretching a muscle may seem like a simple task (and in fact it is with most muscles). In the case of the iliac psoas, it turns out to be a slightly more delicate task. Since it usually does not take into account the compensations and traps that can be generated when the iliac psoas is stretched. Being common to see yourself making mistakes like the following:

When it comes to carrying the knee and foot do the back. In favor of extending the hip and leaning on the tip of the foot. And when trying to advance the other leg by flexing the hips and knees (This is the common stretch). However, this stretching generates a tension in the pelvis, to the anteversion with lumbar hyperlordosis. Or even causing a lumbar rotation.

This hyperlordosis becomes more prominent when you think about it is thrown further back. It is therefore essential to always go to a trusted physiotherapist who can provide the correct instructions for therapy. Or failing that if some type of injury has been caused by not stretching the iliac psoas correctly. The professional will be responsible for providing much more appropriate guidance.

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As if the iliac psoas should be stretched?

While the focus of this post is on teaching how not to stretch the iliac psoas. So that you do not leave with doubt, we will also discuss what is the correct way to stretch this muscle. For this, only the following points should be taken into consideration:

  • The first thing is to find the base position, for this we must place ourselves on the edge of a bed or some surface on which to lie down and bring back one of our legs. And the other will be placed towards the front, being more precise that our knee touches the chest.
  • The difference is that the back leg will not be carried so far back (but it can cause the previously mentioned damages). What we will try is to perform a retroversion of the pelvis, with reduction of lumbar lordosis.
  • Remember that when performing this stretch, especially when compressing the knee to a flexion, we will find ourselves stretching the back rectus of the quadriceps. Which is responsible for doing functions similar to the psoas.

If the syndications given in this list are taken into account. The proper stretching of the iliac psoas will be achieved.

  • Without further ado, we hope that the information shared in this article will be very useful and useful. But above all you have been able to learn how not to stretch the iliac psoas so as not to cause some kind of damage during stretching.
  • We can only recommend two things to finish, the first is always to go to a physiotherapist, since the guidance and advice of a specialist will always be infinitely better than one taken from the internet. And the second recommendation is that you go to read the following post on “How to Tone the Pectorals”. We are sure that you will enjoy reading it.


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