Chronic Pain Relief / Lower Body Pain / Iliopsoas

The Iliopsoas and chronic pain of the lower back, hips, legs, feet and spine

Often times the main culprit in chronic pain of the lower body is overlooked, the iliopsoas. This muscle group, the literal and figurative core muscle of the body, has one of the largest roles in our body relating to mobility and posture effecting every muscle of the body either directly or indirectly through it’s relationship to the spine. Through our movements associated with walking, sitting, standing, and even laying down the iliopsoas can cause conditions that cannot be resolved if this muscle group is not treated properly and effectively. Some conditions resulting from the iliopsoas are chronic lower back pain, chronic hip pain, migraines, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, numbness and pain in the legs and feet, general discomfort and aching of the hips legs and feet, weakness and fatigue associate with walking or running, insomnia, anxiety, and in advanced stages of iliopsoas dysfunction an inability to walk upright or sit for extended periods of time can result.

What is the Iliopsoas?

The iliacus, psoas major and psoas minor, commonly referred to as “iliopsoas” or “psoas” are a group of muscles that work together on both sides of the body found in the deep abdominal cavity effecting the lower back, hips, legs and spine. Originating at the spine, passing through the hips, and inserting at the head of the femur, when working properly these muscles are responsible for flexion at the hip (both raising your legs independently or bilaterally toward your torso or allowing you to move your torso toward your legs). When improperly functioning, due to postural misalignment, loss of elasticity, and muscle shortness, the iliopsoas causes a plethora of conditions leading to chronic pain and discomfort.