Did you know there is a muscle in your body called the Psoas (pronounced SO-az) that could play a major role in your gut issues (from bloating to constipation… even SIBO)?

We know this muscle as the ‘filet mignon’… but for some people, this muscle is far from tender, and can be the culprit of debilitating low back pain.

But what many people, even therapists, don’t realize is that this same muscle can contribute to digestive issues and stomach pain.

It’s worth noting that there is also another muscle called the iliacus (the psoas and iliacus are often referred together as the iliopsoas) which can also contribute to gut issues and abdominal pain.

In this article, we will focus on the psoas muscle, but after interviewing physical therapist Christine Koth (inventor of the Hip Hook), for the upcoming Gut Transformation Summit (FREE and online from 2-6th Sept 2020), I believe that it’s also very important to address the iliacus directly for best results.

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Could a tight, dysfunctional Psoas muscle be the missing piece of the puzzle to finally see progress in fixing your long-standing gut issues?

Let’s start by learning more about this fascinating muscle. 

WHERE IS THE PSOAS?

 

The psoas lies deep within the anterior hip joint and lower spine, connecting the femur to the sacrum. The positioning of the psoas in relation to the internal organs is important, acting as a shelf to support the digestive organs, together with the pelvis and the pelvic floor. Thus any force of the psoas (muscle contraction) can stimulate organs such as the intestines, kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, bladder and stomach.

The psoas, because of its proximity to the digestive organs, can play a role in the gut-brain connection, affecting what is commonly called “gut feelings”

It is also worth mentioning that the psoas and the main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, come together at the solar plexus. This means that if you have a tight psoas, it is very likely to affect your breathing, often causing shallow breathing patterns. The good news is that you can use this connection to your advantage, using breathing exercises to improve the health of the psoas.

 

WHAT DOES THE PSOAS DO?

 

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