The Muscle in Your Back That Can Cause Pain, Anxiety And Depression That Nobody Talks About
The so-called “muscle of the soul” (major psoas muscle) is a muscle tissue nearby the hip bone that has the role of keeping our core intact and stable and plays a role in numerous movements of the joints. The major psoas muscle also influences our structural balance and flexibility, and is used for numerous minor and major movements. The muscle is one of the major factors for our upright posture, and when stretched, it can relieve tension in our body.
However, the benefits of this important muscle are not only physical. According to the new The Psoas Book, the major psoas muscle embodies our deepest survival urge and our desire to flourish. According to Liz Koch, the author, it’s one of the most important muscles for our wellbeing.
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The major psoas muscle connects our legs to the spinal column and is also one of the longest muscles, stretching from the spine down to the legs. It’s connected to the diaphragm as well, and associated with emotions such as anxiety and fear. According to Koch, before we learned how to speak and before our cortex developed, the reptilian brain was used for our core functions. At this time of human development, the major psoas muscle played a big part in our wellbeing, but the modern lifestyle has made it stressed and constricted. “This is caused by numerous factors including constricted clothes, chairs and improper footwear which constrict the muscle and limit natural movements,” the author says.
The psoas muscle has an effect on our views of life and the world around us, and also plays a role in our feelings. When put under stress, the muscle can affect our relationships, emotions and mood and significantly impact our overall health. As Koch says, a constricted major psoas muscle may be the main cause for fear, anxiety, lower back or hip pain. People with a constricted psoas muscle have reported constant fear, anxiety and stress as the main symptoms. Luckily, simply restoring the balance of the muscle and relaxing it can clear away these negative emotions and help you feel much better, both physically and mentally.
This isn’t anything new – in fact, the ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga has been aware of it for a long time. Some yoga poses are focused on stretching and relaxing the major psoas muscle, which results in better overall wellbeing. Ignoring this muscle is dangerous, and may be the reason for at least some of your woes. A constricted psoas muscle has been related to knee pain, respiratory problems, depression, back pain, digestive problems and other health problems, which is why you should learn how to relax it.
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