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...