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Iliopsoas Massage
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : November 10, 2015



Iliopsoas Massage

Iliopsoas is a muscle group in the middle of the body comprised of the psoas major and Iliacus muscles, whose function is to flex, laterally rotate, and adduct the hip. The psoas originates on the transverse processes and bodies of the lumbar vertebrae; the iliacus on the iliac fossa. The muscles interdigitate at the level of the inguinal ligament, and then insert on the lesser trochanter of the femur.

The psoas is deep in the abdomen, and massage to the area may be intense. Deep palpation must be applied through the abdominal viscera to access the muscle, which lies on the anterior surface of the vertebrae. While massage may be uncomfortable, several mid-body pain patterns can be relieved successfully. The most common of these is mid to low back pain, just lateral to the spine on the side of the tight/contracted psoas. Other iliopsoas pain areas include the SI joint, hip, groin, thigh, and knee.

The Iliacus lies on the inside surface of the ilium (hip bone), medial to the iliac crest and near the pubic bone.  I speak frankly with my clients who request or may benefit from massage to iliopsoas. I typically show them a muscle chart so they can visualize the precise location of the muscles and understand exactly where on the body I will be working. This is one of those areas, also, where I am likely to check in with a client’s comfort several times during treatment.

I don’t usually subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” school of thought, but that might be where to file iliopsoas massage.