The Psoas and the Swayback… Core Anatomy Lesson…

Welcome to our technology series… I have this really cool app on my 2nd gen iPad. Yeah, its an old iPad and the app is no longer available. I have been hanging onto this iPad because I didn’t want to lose the app. You guessed it, that old technology is not working that great any more. All of this has led to this new mini series (and I am ready to get rid of the old iPad)…

So here we have the psoas… We’re looking at it from the side and here it is in a tight shortened position. From the front, normal… from the front in a tight shortened position, what we call locked short…

Here’s a little video showing what we see frequently here at CORE Therapy and Pilates with an increased sway from a tight and short hip flexor, the psoas and iliacus… Next we have the multifidus muscle. This is the lumbar multifidus and there’s many, many small muscles and they go from one vertebra to the next. This is the antagonist muscle to the psoas and once we release the psoas and iliacus, this is the first muscle we want to strengthen… strengthening this creates spinal stability from each segment.

Here we have the deep abdominal muscle, the transverse abdominus… and there it is flat. Here’s a video inhaling and exhaling pulling the belly button to the spine… Now we’re looking at the pelvic floor, which we talk about the co contraction, which would be the abdominal contraction with the lift of the pelvic floor…

That’s it in a nutshell of how we create our basic core stability. Release the hip flexors, strengthen the multifidus, strengthen the transverse abdominus, strengthen the pelvic floor and because we’re breathing the diaphragm is strengthening as well… Thanks for watching!

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