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  • What is the Psoas Muscle

    The psoas muscle, or more specifically the iliopsoas muscle, is indeed located in the lower lumbar region of the spine and extends through the pelvis to the femur. It is formed by the fusion of the iliacus muscle and the psoas major muscle.

    The psoas muscle plays a crucial role in hip flexion, which is the movement of bringing the thigh towards the torso. It is one of the primary muscles involved in walking, as it helps to lift the leg and move it forward during the swing phase of the gait cycle. The psoas muscle also contributes to maintaining an upright posture and provides stability to the lower back and pelvis.

    In addition to hip flexion, the psoas muscle assists in external rotation of the hip joint and can play a role in stabilizing the lumbar spine. It is involved in various activities such as running, climbing stairs, and sitting up from a lying position.

    It's worth noting that the psoas muscle can become tight or develop trigger points due to prolonged sitting, poor posture, or certain activities. This can lead to discomfort or pain in the lower back or hips. Stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as maintaining good posture and incorporating regular movement throughout the day, can help keep the psoas muscle healthy and reduce the risk of associated issues.

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    Kinesiologist, discusses psoas strength exercises on the exercise ball.

  • Psoas Strength on Exercise Ball

    The exercise you mentioned seems to involve squeezing an inflatable ball between your knees while focusing on engaging your core muscles. This can be a good way to strengthen the muscles in the low back and groin region, as well as the inner thighs. Squeezing the ball activates the adductor muscles in the inner thighs, and engaging the core muscles helps stabilize the lower back.

    Additionally, exercises like planks, bridges, and squats can also be beneficial for strengthening the low back and groin muscles. These exercises engage multiple muscle groups, including the core, glutes, and inner thighs. It's important to start with proper form and gradually increase the intensity or difficulty of the exercises as your strength improves.

    However, I must emphasize that it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist or a qualified fitness trainer, before starting any new exercise program. They can provide personalized guidance and ensure that the exercises you choose are appropriate for your individual needs and abilities.


    The really nice thing about this is all the muscles in the groin; most of them start in the low back. They go right through the pelvis and come out unto the leg, and it is the psoas major and the psoas minor. This is a really nice way of just helping this whole pelvic hip region come inwards.

    You just sit there and you do a light squeeze of the ball, you will find that you really cannot do it for very long, but it is a great exercise. I use this exercise when I am on the plane.

    I recommend that people use it at the office. It is a super exercise for just keeping your pelvis square. So, if you practice it at the gym then you can graduate to using a heavier ball, but the simple light ball is a great place to start.

    Any complications just get out of the exercise. But, feet square, shoulders square, suck in your stomach, and a gentle squeeze on the ball and I think you will be surprised that you can’t do it for very long. Local Physiotherapists

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