The Iliopsoas is a muscle group consisting of the Iliacus and the Psoas Major and Psoas Minor. Located deep in the front of the hip these muscle are responsible for lifting the leg (hip flexion) and with the leg in a fixed position they flex the trunk. When this muscle group is tight and becomes hyper-tonic, it is thought to be the underlying culprit of many peoples’ low back pain. Extended hours leaning forward at desk work and/or driving can contribute to distorted posture or even lower crossed syndrome. An anterior pelvic tilt and a positive Thomas Test point to a body with tight iliopsoas muscle.
How do you overcome stress?
Many people turn to hobbies and exercise to reduce stress levels. Physical exertion is a great way to relieve excess stress. However, we all know that running around the block or weeding your flower bed isn’t always appropriate OR available. How can you reduce stress at these times in midst of the tension?
Try these easy remedies:
1) Breathe. Breath is vital. We often forget to breathe when we are tense. If you are sitting at a computer, try this quick and easy move.
Put your arms out at your sides and make a thumbs up. Then, rotate your arms by pointing thumbs behind you and gently reach back. Hold for three deep breaths– breathe all the way in and all the way out.
2) Cool Down. Literally.
Grab an ice pack to cool things down. Keep a small soft gel ice pack on hand in a freezer (or make a small one with ice cubes in a freezer storage bag). Chill out by placing your cold-pack on your stress center. In general, women tend to hold their stress in the back of the neck, men in the low back.
How’s your health these days? Achy, tired, generally unhealthy? Or, are you taking the necessary steps to be in top form? It’s your choice (and mine): prevent the problem or spend hundreds more dollars playing catch up.
Take a walk.
Stay away from stressful situations, or learn how to defuse and relax.
Take steps to see your wellness practitioner.
2009: ‘Year of Prevention’
“Just like Momma always said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'”