A Quick tip for low back pain

SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IF… you have any numbness, tingling, shooting, burning or pins and needles in the feet, legs, thighs, buttocks or groins. Do not perform this exercise under these conditions. 

Psoas reset exercise for low back pain

If you are suffering acute or recurring low back pain that stops you from standing up straight... try this.

Many situations of low back pain will in some way involve our main lumbar stabilising muscles. 

Psoas and Iliacus muscles (the Iliopsoas below the level of the pelvis) will be part of this picture though probably not the cause.

The Psoas and illiacus lumbopelvic stabilising muscles and hip flexors. When in spasm these can keep you hunched over and twisted.


Remember joints act muscles re-act. If one or both of your psoas muscles are tight or in spasm it is because your brain is asking them to be tight or in spasm. It is likely a necessary response to a stuck or subluxing spinal joint for example. 

Blindly stretching muscles  that are necessarily in spasm can be counterproductive and destabilising. 

This exercise uses your own natural reflexes to offer the Psoas muscles the opportunity to not be in spasm. If it is safe to do so the brain will allow a change in tone and effectively allow a spasm to reset itself.

This sequence of muscle activation’s and isometric holds effectively creates that opportunity through reciprocal inhibition. In other words firing the muscles all around the Psoas without actually allowing Psoas activation causes this reset effect. 

If you find you have the kind of back pain that is keeping you hunched over or twisted you may find this exercise will allow you to stand straight once again. 

It can be repeated as frequently as you like throughout the day but beware you gain nothing by adding greater intensity.