Muscle of the Month – Psoas major

Psoas major – hip flexor. The only muscle of the body that connects the top with the bottom. We have 2 of these muscles which come from either side of the lumbar spine, down through the pelvis and attach to the inside of the hip joint. These incredible muscles help control balance, our ability to stand, sit, walk and twist.

If we are in a seated position for long periods of time the muscles shorten and in doing so, pull the lumbar spine in to the body causing, amongst other things, lower back problems.

A good working psoas gives a neutral pelvic alignment, balances hips, supports the lower spine giving greater mobility and core strength to the body.

To stretch off this muscle check out images for yoga forward lunge.