The sensitive psoas muscles are bi-lateral flexor muscles that are one of the first muscles to take on emotional tension in the body. We use these muscles every time we walk as the psoas muscles lift our thighs. Part of the stress response hardwired in our nervous system is the flexor muscles of the torso.
The pair of psoas muscles start at the inside of our thigh (femur) bone running up the torso and attaching to the the last two thoracic vertebrae and all the lumbar vertebrae. It crosses three major joints of the hip socket, the joint between the lumbar and sacraial spine and the pelvis.
Any time a loud noise such as the explosive sound of fireworks, a car back firing, or gun fire, these muscles contract with stress. As a Startle response. The slouching shoulders, the tight stomach and the sinking heart are all responses to stress.
Stress responses unconsciously become habitual over time leading to the holding in our body. Habitual construction of the psoas limits our mobility in and around those joints plus moves on to the hip and knee joints. When we have more tension on one side such as what happens when we do repetitive motion, one side of our pelvis tilts and causes one leg to shorten affecting our gait. This misalignment moves up the spine causing pain in the back and neck. Tension shortens the truck with constricts the proper function of the organs in the torso. We need the psoas to be healthy to carry weight as we walk or we find the knee and hip joint taking on too much work not utilizing the solar plexus to help us move. Thinking further, the limited mobility of the psoas causes the diaphragm, one of the major muscles in our breathing cycle to work ineffectively. This tension compromise the structural integrity and physiological function of the torso region. If the upper psoas is tight, the lunar spine hyper extends and the chest collapses, the low ribs jut forward and our breath is shallow. Low back pain is directly related to tension in the psoas.
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