Psoas pain can take a lot of different forms, and finding treatment for psoas pain is often mysterious and elusive. The number of clients who come my way after suffering years of pain, without anyone telling them exactly what is wrong with their body is staggering.
Treatment for pain that is not identifiable with ordinary measures is not going to be easy to find through traditional means. Psoas pain is often limited to the lower back. But just as often it manifests as a wrapping pain from the groin to the top of the pelvis and back. Sometimes it shows as groin pain and sometimes as outer hip discomfort. Psoas pain is occasionally stable and localized, but just as often it hurts in one place in the morning and shifts to another area in the afternoon.
Many people who suffer from psoas pain go to doctors who send them for x-rays and MRI’s only to tell them that there is nothing wrong as far as the machines can see.
People referred to physical therapy to receive treatment for psoas pain, even if correctly diagnosed, are often given a standard protocol of stretches that in my mind don’t often do much to get to the heart of the problem. Psoas stretches are great but they aren’t often the answer for psoas related pain.
Stretching the psoas has its place only after successfully releasing it. There are a whole host of psoas releases that we work with to bring freedom and ease to a wide variety of ailments from lower back pain to excessive peeing.
The psoas is the main muscle of walking, so spending time learning how to walk correctly—and I meet very few people who walk correctly– is the best treatment for psoas pain. Walking with a psoas that is employed successfully, along with the right release exercises can go a long way in alleviating all sorts of lower back, hip, groin, and knee pain.