31 Mar '13, 6pm

Back Pain? Say It Ain't Pso!

Back Pain? Say It Ain't Pso!

Stretching. So many muscles, so little time! We all know to stretch our quads, calves, and our hammies before embarking on any exercise routine. We elongate our calves, loosen our necks and shoulders. That’s all well and good, but have you ever thought to stretch your psoas? Could you point to it right now? Most people have no idea where or what the psoas (pronounced “so-az”) is, nor would I if I were not a trained dancer. That being said, it is one of our most crucial core muscles, deep within the abdomen, and it is oftentimes one of our most neglected. In general terms, the psoas stretches from your thigh to your spine, working with the iliacus to lift your thighs and tilt your pelvis (this hip flexor team is termed the iliopsoas). It is a very, very deep, rope-like muscle, lying beneath all of your organs, just in front of the spine. Due to our massively sedentary lifes...

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