Could my psoas muscle be causing low back pain?

The psoas muscles are important for your maintaining your upright posture and helps to stabilise your spine whilst sitting and walking. They also have an impact on your breathing when experiencing stress, in the fight or flight response.

The psoas muscles are long thick strap-like deep hip flexor muscles that run down the inside of our body, on both sides of the spine, attaching to the diaphragm, the lumbar spine and pelvis, and then connection to our femurs (upper leg bones).

The psoas muscles are important for your maintaining your upright posture and help to stabilise your spine whilst sitting and walking. They also have an impact on your breathing when you are in a stressed state, during the fight or flight response.

In my practice as a chiropractor, it is not unusual to find that people who sit for long periods of time have very tight and/or weak psoas muscles, and I would say that 99% of my lower back patients have this problem too.

Do you have tight psoas muscles?

Tension and tightness in the psoas muscles not only contributes to poor movement patterns, but this muscle tension is also linked to a spectrum of lower back complications, ranging from:

  • Spinal disc herniation