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Lower back pain causes – psoas tightness and sitting.

One third of the world population suffers from lower back pain. Why? Sitting for long periods of time causes lower back pain. A primary muscle that is affected by sitting is the psoas muscle. The psoas muscle lies deep in the stomach. It attaches at numerous low back vertebrae including L3, L4, L5, and S1. And it also attaches at the top of the thigh bone. When the psoas muscle tightens, it creates pressure on the discs of the low back. The L4, L5, S1 region gets squeezed and that pressure causes pain in the lower back.

Lower back pain causes

Psoas muscle tightness is almost always involved in lower back pain causes. And the prevalence of low back pain is extremely common because modern society requires humans to sit for long periods of time. We sit while driving, we sit at desks all day for work or school, and we sit while flying in airplanes.  Ten hours a day of sitting everyday will cause low back pain.

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Solution for lower back pain

The solution for  lower back pain involves Active Isolated Stretching therapy. The AIS approach to lengthening the psoas involves a strong practitioner pulling apart the psoas muscle while the client lays face down on a massage table (see photos above). AIS has a self-stretching approach to lengthening the psoas. This self-applied stretch will help prevent a psoas muscle from tightening but it will not be enough to open an already tightened psoas muscle. Walking will help keep the psoas muscle open, but similarly, it will not open it enough if the psoas is contracted. Sitting creates six times more pressure on the discs of the low back than standing. Therefore, switching between sitting and standing will also help prevent/reduce low back pain.

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5 Responses to Lower back pain causes – psoas tightness and sitting.

  1. I feel like I’ve been duped this whole time… why have I never heard of this psoas muscle before this? I’ve done tons of research looking for a solution to my back pain and haven’t read a single thing about it. It’s almost like they’re trying to keep it a secret…

    • Hi Brittany,
      The field of resolving low back pain is a scattered and inconsistent group. Many people experiencing low back pain are just learning that the psoas muscle is a primary player in causing low back pain.
      The psoas muscle is not well acknowledged among medical professionals.
      Furthermore, pain specialists that do address a tightened psoas muscle are frequently using a terrible technique to release it. The restricted psoas muscle cannot be released by
      someone digging their fingers into the abdomen. I don’t think that doctors are hiding information about the psoas. I think they simply are unaware of the importance that the psoas muscle plays in lumbar dysfunction.
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      Anthony Ohm

  2. hai am also facing the posaos muscle pain… is it 100% curable with exercise or does the pain last till our death :( .. i usually have the pain when i wake up. please help me .. thanks in advance

    • Hello Sunil,

      Your situation, like all back pain cases, involves a series of muscles being restricted, and not just one muscle being the problem.
      If you are able to meet with an AIS practitioner, this will be highly beneficial for your low back and hip pain. But AIS practitioner’s are not everywhere on the planet.
      Additionally, I’m coming out with a self stretching video series on this website. I hope that some of the information will be helpful for you.
      Anthony Ohm

    • To Sunil,

      There are different methods that are used to release a contracted psoas muscle. Some massage therapists will try to dig into the stomach with their fingers. There’s a method in Active Release Technique that applies pressure on a spot in the stomach, while the client does a movement against the applied pressure. And in an older form of assisted stretching, called PNF, there’s an assisted stretch where the client lies on his back. All these methods do not fully release the psoas muscle.
      The best method to release the psoas muscle is practiced by Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method.
      To answer your question more specifically, psoas muscle pain is a curable problem. It can be cured with AIS treatment. I’ve tried numerous methods to release the psoas muscle. The only method that works is Active Isolated Stretching with a trained therapist assisting.

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Anthony Ohm is a pain specialist and a sports therapist. The technique is called Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening(AIS). Treatment is available in Honolulu, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California The AIS method is highly beneficial for: disc issues, chronic physical pain, pain related to aging, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, neuropathy, Parkinson's disease, and much much more... However you are presenting, whether you are crippled or a professional athlete, AIS treatment will put you in better physical condition than your current state.