Pain Free Psoas Release | Modern Manual Therapy Blog

Pain Free Psoas Release


The recent Pain Free Pec Minor Release was so popular, I thought I would repost this technique as you may have missed it last year when I posted it, or you may need a review.

Let's be clear, you are no where near the psoas when doing a release. I am just targeting the area around and above, and am very general to release lower quarter tone anteriorly, that's about it.

Why you should use this
  • it doesn't hurt
  • it rapidly improves hip and lumbar motion
    • if a patient needs sidegliding in standing for an ipsilateral LQ issue, but is unable to move without discomfort
Patient:
  • supine, in hooklying
  • at least the involved LE needs to be bent at the hip and knee
PT:
  • standing on the involved side
  • use either the pads of digits 3-4 of both hands or even easier, an EDGE Mobility Ball (any ball will do)
  • assess resistance to A/P pressure lateral to the umbilicus on one side versus the other
  • the side with increased resistance is the side you should treat 
Technique:
  • lightly apply A/P pressure, it SHOULD NOT cause any pain
  • at the point of resistance that is highest, have the patient complete 3-5 diaphragmatic breaths
  • make sure they exhale fully
  • the exhalation will help reduce tone autonomically
  • re-test the limited hip and/or lumbar motion


Keeping it Eclectic and hopefully making it easier on patients worldwide....

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