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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Iliopsoas Group

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Simeon Asher - Treating Psoas Trigger Points


This muscle group lies deep in the abdominal cavity, and is too often overlooked.

Trigger points in the iliopsoas frequently contribute to low back pain cases, and often need to be released to effect a complete and lasting resolution of these cases.


The psoas major and iliacus are considered part of the posterior abdominal wall because of their position and cushioning role for the abdominal viscera.

However, based on their action of flexing the hip joint, it would also be relevant to place them with the hip muscles.

Note that some upper fibers of the psoas major may insert by a long tendon into the iliopubic eminence to form the psoas minor, which has little function and is absent in about 40% of people.

Bilateral contracture of this muscle will increase lumbar lordosis.

Trigger Points

Trigger points here will often produce referred pain along the lumbar spine. In this video we explain the basic trigger point therapy protocols for the psoas.

Do not perform these trigger point therapy techniques unless they fall within your professional scope of practice.








This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 




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  • hi my daughter had an issue 4 years ago with her psoas. she had a groin injury as well as lower back from her dancing. Both issues on right side. It appeared to improve after some physio, but 4 months ago she reported significant stomach pain with no other symptoms. She had been through intrusive tests focusing on GI and gynalogical, with clear tests. I took a chance a referred hereto a physio to see if anyway her previous injury could be the
    cause of her stomach pain on the right side near her appendix. The physio believes she has issues in her hip and
    lower back and during the treatment she
    reported elevated pain and sickness. would an issue with the psoas cause this much intensive non relenting pain… she has had no relief from 3 sessions of physio, and I’m starting to question how and when she will improve. I want to add she has danced intensively since the initial injury and reported no pain or restriction in her hip flexor or lower back. any comments or suggestions will be most appreciated.

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