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 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.
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