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Delacroix22
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Psoas Stretches - Relieve overall stress levels

What is your psoas? (May also see it as the "iliopsoas" as the iliacus muscle is almost indistinguishable from the psoas)



Your psoas muscle is the only muscle that connects your upper body to your lower body.

It is essentially a hip flexor muscle.

It is also one of the hardest to stretch muscles.

Now what is the issue worth discussing? In our chronically sedentary lives, we sit in chairs for most of the day. This is completely unnatural. And one of the drawbacks of this is your psoas is in a chronically contracted and flexed position. Because your hips are constantly flexed while you are sitting. Many people's psoas never gets fully extended and stretched so it will contract and eventually shorten and the fascia surrounding it tightens and it turns into a "knot".

NOW

What is anatomically important about the psoas is that your kidneys essentially rest in front of your psoas. And on the top of your kidneys is your adrenal gland. So your adrenal gland partially rests on your psoas.



Your adrenal gland makes cortisol... THE "stress" hormone. It also makes norepinephrine and epinephrine the "fight or flight" chemicals. It also makes sex hormones and fluid regulating hormones. They do A LOT.

Many people speculate that having a tight, contracted, fibrotic, knotted up mess of a psoas will mechanically stimulate and tickle your adrenal gland. Leading to a bunch of "not feeling right" type symptoms. Chronic stress. Chronic anxiety. Etc.

I do a series of psoas stretches (and even have some psoas massaging gadgets) a few times a week in the morning.

PSOAS STRETCHES

I no joke feel like absolute jello afterwards. I feel calm and clear. It's a bizarre feeling to put into words but for me personally I definitely feel as if my adrenals have been decompressed. Or maybe I'm just feeling the effects of a good stretch.

Either way, you really should try it. And stick with it. You may start to feel a lot better just like I do.
This post was edited on 7/27 at 12:32 pm


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No thanks


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ghoast
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Psoas stretches are a huge part of David Goggins routine. I THINK he has a full book or routine for it.
My athlete (high school kid) goes weekly to a chiro to have the Psoas stretched. Has changed their entire career.
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financetiger
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Can you share the name of your son’s chiropractor? May go see him.


white perch
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The psoas muscle is the filet mignon of the human body.


TDTOM
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I stretch mine daily. Every time I get a massage she sticks her fingers into my psoas and makes me move my leg. Hurts like a bitch.


BillyGibbons
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Thank you for this information. I’m going to give it a shot!


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Jake88
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quote:

Many people speculate that having a tight, contracted, fibrotic, knotted up mess of a psoas
Does not happen.


High C
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quote:

NOW


Do you work in sales?

Seriously, I’m going to have a look at this.


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TheRouxGuru
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So…. are you gonna tell us how to stretch that shite or what??


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TheRouxGuru
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quote:

Jake88

quote:

Does not happen.


You’re such a douche. Not sure if you know that or not

Dude posted a few really informative paragraphs of what seems to be pretty useful info, yet you feel the need to nitpick one small thing out, tell everyone it’s wrong, then disappear without saying why



Why do you nerds do this shit?


SG_Geaux
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I just need to know if this is "extra" for the Asian massage chick or not.


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Jake88
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Because it was misinformation. You can ignore it.


TheRouxGuru
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How? Why?


2Yutes
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True post. Google Thomas Stretch. It’s your annoying friend.


High C
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quote:

True post. Google Thomas Stretch. It’s your annoying friend.


I do a John Thomas stretch. It’s not annoying at all.


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DeltaTigerDelta
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knotted up mess of a psoas will mechanically stimulate and tickle your anal gland.


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Conman23
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Beer, couch, and TV relieve my overall stress levels.


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Coeur du Tigre
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Good post, I didn't know about the relationship between contracted psoas and the adrenals.


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Jake88
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The psoas does not become fibrotic or end up in a knot.


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