Tight Psoas Is Linked To Digestive Issues, Unexplained Lower Back Pain & More

(Anna K Massage) The vital muscle psoas is known to cause so many issues in the body.  This is because it attaches to multiple vertebrae on the front side of the spine (T12-L5) and the top portion of your femur.  If these muscles are tight, they can create dysfunction in the lumbar spine and sacral iliac joint.  This can cause unexplained lower back pain, chronic back tightness, front thigh pain, disk compression, nerve impingement, digestive issues, and so many other symptoms.  The only way to access it is trough your stomach.  Most people (if not all) have no idea how tight their psoas is until someone starts massaging it.

the psoas major

Trigger Points In The Psoas And Abdominal Muscles Are Linked To These Symptoms:

  • spinal compression & misalignment
  • chronic back tightness, unexplained lower back pain, bad posture
  • heart burn, acid reflux, esophagitis, constipation, gas pain, cramps, indigestion
  • hips locking up, front thigh pain, leg pain, knee pain, walking with discomfort
  • sacroiliac conditions, sciatica
  • heart pain, circulatory issues, lymph circulation,
  • hiatal hernia, peptic ulcers, hernia, gallstones, colitis
  • belching, vomiting, chronic diarrhea
  • mimic symptoms of appendicitis
  • urinary bladder issues, difficulty, painful or frequent urination
  • refer pain to reproductive organs, loss of sexual performance
  • pain in the ovaries and uterus, menstrual pain, irregular periods, impotency
  • trouble sleeping, sluggishness in day to day life, anxiety
  • compromised immune system

Psoas & Abdominal Trigger Points

Abdominal trigger points can cause external and internal abdominal issues. Pain and other abdominal symptoms are usually assumed to  have internal causes, however misdiagnosis are common.  Some people went through unnecessary abdominal
surgery when myofascial trigger points were unrecognized.  If conventional therapies did little or nothing for your pain, could it be the psoas?  Diagnoses become more accurate and treatment of abdominal symptoms become more effective when the doctor or bodywork therapist knows about trigger points.  It can be part (if not all) of the problem.

What Are Trigger Points?

A trigger point is a twisted fiber within the muscle.  It feels like a tight and stretched rubber band.  They can cause local pain, but most often refer pain or other symptoms to a different part in your body. There are hundreds of trigger points and pain referral  patterns in your body.

Why You Should See A Therapist

  • The body is more complex than most may realize
  • It takes a skilled & experienced therapist to release the muscle safely and effectively
  • Trigger points are hard to stretch out
  • Working the side that is short and tight is more important than the side that is long and sore.  The side with pain (sore) can be compensating in response to tight short muscles on the opposite side
  • Working too much on the wrong side can put your body into more dysfunction
  • The therapist can check if one side is tighter than the other and if any other muscles are involved

What Causes Trigger Points In The Psoas?

  • Injuries, accidents & falls
  • Strenuous running or climbing
  • Exercise that over work the midsection: sit ups, leg-ups & Other
  • Sitting for long periods of time (shortens psoas)
  • Strained posture
  • Getting punched in the stomach
  • Playing with kids on your back or kids jumping on your stomach
  • Heavy lifting, doing physical work for extended hours


About the author: Anna Kramareva (LMT) Native of Russia and 2006 graduate of Ashamed college. Her focus of study and extensive research on bodywork makes her an effective and unique therapist. She specializes in Deep Tissue and Sports Injury Work. She also does Relaxation, Therapeutic, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Hip Work, Abdominal Work, Psoas Work, Knee Work, Posture Correction, Bone Mobilization and Spinal Work – soft tissue techniques.

“I find Massage Therapy fascinating. There is so much more to it than most may realize. The body can be very complex. It is not enough to just know ‘the basics’. It takes a skilled and experienced therapist to achieve great results. My goal is to provide a great experience to my clients. I personalize massage sessions towards individual needs and preferences, continually upgrading my knowledge and skills, to provide the most effective sessions.”  -Anna K

Schedule Online: Click Here To Schedule With Anna

For more info, please visit: www.annakmassage.com


  1. Research on Trigger Points:  Clarir Davies, NCTMB Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT | Travell, and Simons 1999

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