The Pull of a Tight Psoas Muscle

Have you heard of the psoas muscle? It is pronounced s0-az. The P is silent. The psoas is one of the body’s most essential muscles because, along with only two other muscles, it connects the upper and lower body. And it is the only muscle connecting the legs to the spine at the front of the …

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How To Get Good Posture

If someone was to instruct you on how to get good posture they would probably say “stand up straight”. From our perspective, the main problem with that, is for most people the perception of them standing up straight is actually leaning backwards. If you want to practice how to get good posture it can help …

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Walking and Breathing: The Psoas muscle and the Diaphragm.

Walking and breathing are intimately connected through the psoas muscle and the diaphragm muscle. The psoas major is the main muscle of walking, an action ideally initiated deep in the core of the trunk. The psoas connects the spine to the legs attaching on the lower back (T12, L1-4), before crossing the rim of the …

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Neighbors: Psoas Major and Quadratus Lumborum

  The psoas major and the quadratus lumborum are next door neighbors and you know how it can be if two neighbors don’t get along. In fact, to continue the image, they share a driveway which as you might imagine can really complicate things. The psoas major is my favorite muscle and I consider it to be …

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Understanding Your Groin and Hip Pain

The body is like a machine designed to work very specifically and when it doesn’t work the way it is designed, it begins to break down, much like a car or any machine that requires upkeep. If you know how your body works, it is much easier to prevent it from breaking down and minimize …

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Walk Correctly: Stick Out Your Butt.

If you want to walk correctly you need to stick your butt out.  Or at least stick it out compared to where you have it now (which is tucked under). As a culture we love to tuck our pelvis. Maybe you hurt your back and a physical therapist told you to tuck under to lengthen …

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Walking with your Head On Straight

The head is like a bowling ball on top of the spine. The average head weighs 8-12 pounds. If it is balanced directly on top of the spine and evenly over the shoulders its weight will put little torque on the muscles of the neck and actually balance effortlessly. Look around you at someone close …

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Three Rules Of Thumb

1- THE BODY IS A MACHINE Just like a car your body is designed to work in a specific fashion. Nothing in the body works in isolation—every part has an explicit function meant to work in harmony with other parts. Our skeleton is like the chassis of a car and the quality of our posture …

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The Spine Lengthens In Two Directions

As your spine goes you go. This is one of my favorite phrases and sums up our prospects for aging in six words. Energetically, life revolves around the spine. Our nervous system is the body’s information gatherer, storage center and control system. Its function is to collect information about external conditions in relation to the …

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