Thread: Psoas
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:37 PM   #1
Howard Wilcox
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Location: Forsyth  GA
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Hello folks,

I've had a nagging back injury since August of last year. Some have guessed SI injury and others a spinal issue.
When seeing a PT I actually failed the SI diagnostic test. It may be spine related, but it was very precisely located and didn't move so I was a little skeptical.

A chiro seemed to help, but wasn't outstanding (except for one very notable time where the pain went down by an order of magnitude).

It wasn't caused by training (embarrassing that it came from a company kickball game)...but heavy squats and deads seemed to irritate it. I actually have an old post about it. It had mostly gone away and I was back to squatting and deadlifting pretty heavy (for me, they are pitiful weights by any real comparison). But for some reason a month or so ago, it came back.

Today, in a continuing effort to figure it out, I went to a massage therapist. I told her all that and was hoping she could find some trigger points.

Holy. Crap. She suggested it might be the psoas. Ok, I'm game. To access it, she goes into the belly area. I cannot adequately describe this feeling. I felt like peeing and throwing up at the same time. It was intense. As she worked the muscle I could feel intense pain in the exact spot of the back pain. Finally, as I'm about to come off the table, it literally popped. Holy smokes what a relief.

I don't know if this was the sole issue or just part of the problem. I don't know if it will "hold"...but for now it feels much, much better.

She went on to work on a subscap injury and other stuff...but mainly that psoas thing was unreal to me.

If anyone else is having something similar, you might give this a try with a massage person.

Also, if anyone knows what I should do for followup (strengthening, stretching, etc...) please tell me. I would like this to be the beginning of the end of this so I can get back to heavy training.


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