Have you ever been frustrated that you constantly stretch and still feel tight?
Stretching is usually the go-to modality when you feel tight in a muscle. However, stretching almost never solves the feeling of tightness.
Tightness is a protective mechanism from your nervous system when it senses you could enter into a range of motion that could injure you, which is why I’m not a huge fan of stretching.
Stretching bypasses your nervous system’s natural protective mechanism (tightness). Your body is trying to protect you from a range of motion that it can’t control.
We don’t know if the tightness is because of unfamiliarity with that range of motion or due to instability or because there is a structural block like a bone spur, cartilage or ligament tear, etc.
So because we can’t know your nervous system’s reason for holding tightness without imaging, it might be safer to respect the tightness. In my membership, we work to improve mobility by...
Our brains prefer to oversimplify things, and attribute one muscle as our root problem.
Although it would be easier to blame one muscle for our problems, this is never the case. We are complex system, and the more we can uncover about our body as a system, the better we can treat ourselves. Understanding how our bodies operate is key to feeling freedom and mobility in our joints and giving us the ability to do the things we love without pain.
A popular muscle that tends to get attention is the psoas. Let's discuss what this muscle is, why it gets tight, and how to improve it's function.
The psoas is a hip flexor, that also has many other roles. The psoas muscle has two parts:
1. Psoas major
The psoas major attaches from your lumbar spine (lower back) to your femur (thigh bone). The psoas major is a hip flexor and the connection between your lower body and your trunk.
2. Psoas minor
The psoas minor...