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Muscle of the Month: Iliopsoas

Anterior Hip Muscles

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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.


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Disarming the Stress Bomb, Stress Tip of the Week

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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.


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2009: Year of Prevention

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.

Eat properly.

Stay away from stressful situations, or learn how to defuse and relax.

Take steps to see your wellness practitioner.

2009: ‘Year of Prevention’

For Donna Stone, a Pensacola licensed massage therapist, 2008 was the year of “getting real.”
“The economy has forced many, in my opinion, to assess their personal situations,” she said. “Are they where they want to be in terms of their job, relationships or family?”
With new priorities in place, Stone said that 2009 will be the year of prevention.
“With soaring health insurance premiums and decreasing healthcare coverage, 2009 will be an opportunity for people to focus on preventative health care,” she said.
People will need to look at how they are taking care of their body — the most valuable piece of machinery that they own, Stone said.

“Just like Momma always said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'”