97 Replies to “How to Release the Psoas Muscles”

  1. Thanks for this…keep these videos coming. Your explanations are very simple and to the point.

  2. Everyone is different and improvement levels over time also vary since there are so many variables.  Variables to consider are:  what are you doing everyday to reinforce the movement that is at the root of the pain; what related postures do you also need to pay attention to such as forward head, rounded shoulders, hyper-extended knees; …..

  3. It's a great mat, I think created by a Feldenkrais person.  Here's what the label says and that is also how I bought it online: Debbie Ashton; www.wellmats.net; [email protected]; 865-690-9548 or 888-935-6287.  good luck!

  4. Lovely exersizes. I think you should be aware though that you are doing three repetitions or 'reps' on each side, NOT three sets. When you already know many of the common psoas stretches these are a few nice additions.

  5. I have an office job and I am an active athlete, last season I started to feel discomfort in my soas while squatting and sprinting. from what I have read it seems that I have poor ankle mobility and soas tightness. Thank you for this video I am going to work on this. Thank!

  6. Thanks so much. I'd gotten so much better, but with increases walking came increased pain on rising. I'm looking for some psoas release so that this can be healed. I've done Physical Therapy for months, and this exercise was included in her repertoire except she didn't include the arched back. Seems to me I get a negative response from the psoas if I do low lunges, back bridges, or anything that truly stretches. Last night, after doing bridge, and this exercise, I went to stand up and actually screamed in pain.

  7. Great and it looks very helpful( I haven't tried it yet) One question, do you do all the moments on both sides? Thank you for posting.

  8. that's helpful, thank you. I had never considered how damaging the habit of sitting at the computer was causing this problem. Thanks for making me aware of the pattern and showing a simple and gentle way to counter it :o)

  9. Thank you. Yes, after hours of sitting we can easily develop this pattern. And this movement is a very good way to release out of it. Do it often!

  10. is it possible i have breathing problems, like short breathing and anxiety because of psoas tightness? i found out today that there might be a connection. anybody had the same problem? should i just do the releases and no stretching or? great video btw 😀

  11. Thanks so much for this video. Question: My mom can't get down onto the floor, because getting up is a problem. Do you see any problems with her doing this in bed? Thanks!

  12. I notice that to bring your knee back up from extension you externally rotate, then flex the knee and hip, then adduct the femur to bring it back to the starting position. Why is that?

  13. Thx so much. Verrrrry helpful for my sore rt. hip. I had a friend in high school with the same name as you! ( Woodrow Wilson High School in Wash.,D.C.

  14. My Dear Lady, I did not even know what the Psoas muscles were. Thank you. I just started with the three on each side. Is there an amount of these that you recommend to do each day? Thank you again!

  15. can you please tell me about the blue floor mat you're using? name/brand! it looks like just what I need! thank you.

  16. tres attentive à celà ! car j'en aie souffert ! si possible j'aimerai la traduction en français !

  17. I have fallen 2 times in 2 months, I am operated of the meniscus of right knee. I do work out, and do Yoga once a week. As a senior I do Silver Sneakers, so we stretch a bit. My friend said maybe my Psoas was weak, and after reading about the muscle, when I fell I just 90 degrees and fell on my right side. From the explanation here I may have a weak psoas muscle, but will find out soon.After Dr. says I can return to my routine of exercises. This video is good, and what I read about Yoga helped me a lot. Thanks so much.

  18. Well today I went to the Orthopedic and told me I had bone on bone, arthritis and needed a knee replacement…Not good, but will check this out…

  19. recently got a new desk job and it's been about 3 weeks and my back has already started killing me. I soon realized it was my posture and that I need to change something immediately. I have also noticed a pain in my right testicle when sitting down or laying down that goes on and off. completely random. I feel like this coupled with other stretches will help me get out of this rut thank you Susan. I will give this a try. would you recommend any other simple stretches for posture?

  20. I was having such terrible pain in my right leg and lower back that I was desperately searching for some idea how to get relief. Your video was so simple i had doubts that it would be helpful at all but nothing else had worked so I tried it. By tbe time i had completed the exercise my leg had stopped hurting and my back had eased up. I was shocked! Witbin 15 minutes I could feelnthe pain sneaking up again in mynleg so i repeated the exercise and it webt completely awzy and my lower back eased up even more. I am writing this commemt 24 hours later and the pain inmy leg has not returned!! My lower back is slightly sore but not so tight as it usually is. I am going to do this everyday. I feel like I have a tool that will let me manage my pain now. Thank you so much!!!

  21. I am hoping this will help me. I was told I had bone spurs in my lower back on both sides also in the middle of my lower back between the two spurs is very tender. I sit at a desk and i didn't realize the damage I am doing to my body. I am definitely going to move more often and try this when I get home at night. Thank you for the video

  22. Hi, I can't wait to try this out, I have a weak back // multifidus muscle and overactive hip flexors and glutes. Will I need to stretch the piriformis as well as the psoas? Thanks

  23. Muchas gracias por compartir este ejercicio, trabajo sentada gran parte del día y realmente me están molestando mis lumbares, veremos como evoluciono con estos ejercicios.

  24. I'm very confused. This isn't working for me. My back stays arched the whole time. I can't get it to go flat against the floor without tensing up the psoas muscle.

  25. Thank you for the video! It has been quite helpful.

    When you bring your leg up from having it out straight, you flare the leg outwards from the body as you bring it up again. See 2:55. Is this a personal preference, or is there a specific reason?

  26. I'm a dental hygienist. I also have a lot of macular issues. long story short, I feel a lot of pain upper thigh by hip joint. can this be caused by the same thing? also lower back left side pulling. thanks

  27. I'm going to try this. I've been having trouble with my psoas on and off since 2010. I've been to physio, and the stretches help but this past 1.5 weeks has been difficult. While my job involves some desk duty, a lot of it is field work. Unfortunately the district I provide services to is 4 hours away in one direction. I need to be better at stretching daily, and not only when the pain kicks in. I'll let you know if this helped.

  28. I liked your video but it is unhelpful because you don't talk in simple english so I can't understand it enough to use it.

  29. My back goes out every couple weeks. Delayed onset, 1 day cant walk, 2nd crawling,3 on my feet shuffling, 4th day almost normal , 5th day ok but fearful of re-injury guarded movements, 2-3 week muscle spasm and back to square 1. Rinse and repeat.

  30. When I straighten my leg slowly there is a sound (kind of tug of bone , hard to explain ) is the hip flexor too tight ?

  31. I can't thank you enough. I tried this last night before I went to bed and this morning, while I was stretching, something realigned and most of the pain went away. I've had pain for almost 4 years and tried almost everything to release this muscle. You are an angel. Thank you!

  32. Thank you for posting this!!! I didn't have any luck with the first method but then I tried the variation and it worked immediately. Going to be doing this more often.

  33. I've been dealing with this for 4 years, constantly pain on my QL and hip psoas muscles. What should I do for exercise?

  34. Wow! Thank you Susan, I've been stuck in bed because I couldn't get up. After watching several videos yours hit the spot. I was able to get up and stand up after a few hours. I will continue this exercise, thank you! thank you! thank you!

  35. right side psoas is very tight….the biggest problem doing this exercise is the GLUTES not working when trying to lift the leg up….

  36. I really don't know from where to start the comment. In 2010 I got a sedentary job as medical transcriptionist and I am very happy for that. In just 8 months I started gaining weight, then I started doing workouts. One day while I am playing cricket I started getting acute shortness of breath and I really do not what is the reason. Later I went to night shifts and I started getting dry cough. I suffered from it for at least 6 months. I went for all medical examinations, but all are negative. Even though I started doing exercises with shortness of breath I use to gain weight. First time in my life I got severe snoring. Later I developed ringing in the ears and acne on my back. All of these happened one after another. I am unable to sweat as I used to before. I struggled a lot with acid reflux too. I am telling all of this because I just had one problem i.e. my psoas muscle. After 8 years of struggling I came to know that due to long hours of sitting my hip flexors became shorter. Whenever I stretch my psoas muscle then I use to breath easy. Now I am working on stretching the psoas muscle. I just want to ask you one question. Can I stretch my psoas by taking diet whey protein so that it will strengthen that muscle?

  37. I went to the chiropractor about a month ago with this terrible back pain that wouldn’t go away, and she told me that my psoas had spasmed, she fixed it and the back pain got worse, then better within a few days, but now I think i’m having the same issue, so if i’m going to keep doing it, i might as well figure out how to fix it myself. thank you for this 💕

  38. Thank you for this. I think I shortened my psoas muscles doing sit-ups on an incline board. My problem was aching on the left side of the lower back.

  39. Looks simple. But after doing these movements I felt like I have been excercising my back for hours😁. Hoping on the result. Thank you

  40. Can you recommend smth to unblock the following: upper left side of pelvis ( I do not know if it is pelvis or psoas). It is blocked and influences my hip and knee. Or maybe it is my hip that is blocked. No idea

  41. Thank you for this video. I've been trying it and it works. Awesome. I like combining it with this: tinyurl.com/y39oem54 that i'm doing too and they work wonders for me. It's incredible how lose hips can make a really deep change in your life, not just jump higher but feeling lose and light as well. Thank you again_;)

  42. Thank you so much for taking the time to demonstrate this movement, I feel the heal & can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙏

  43. Spot on explanation. Exactly what happens to my father in law. Going to share the video. Thank you very much

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