Psoas Muscle Creates Huge Compression Force Over Low Back

Psoas Muscle Creates Huge Compression Force Over Low Back

This 3-year study into back pain across the globe published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet reports that our current treatments for back pain are lacking in evidence of effectiveness.

LANCET ARTICLE low back pain

This research paper shows the Psoas Major Muscle exerts huge compression and sheer forces on our low spine resulting in crumpling and severely shearing the lumbar spine.

Anatomy and biomechanics of psoas major

The biggest myth around damaged disc’s and back pain in general is that you always need surgery.

So why is a blown or herniated disc causing back pain?

Professor Lorimer Moseley from his book “Explain Pain” states:

“When muscles stay active for a long time, they tend to contract and shorten and start to feel stiff….. Alterations in muscle activity may be particularly important in association with spinal pain”

The Psoas muscles are what compresses and damages the Discs

The Disc herniates because of the huge compression force from your Psoas muscles that surrounds the Disc.

We sit from way back in a highchair as a baby, then we go to school and we sit another seven to twelve years. Then we go on to either university or to a desk job and we sit the rest of our lives, and even manual workers are bending a lot which is the same as sitting.

Even if you have gone under the knife for disc surgery this does not always solve the causative problem. For instance, the discs that are damaged are usually the last two in the spine. So if you have a Discectomy and they scrape out some of the disc, or worse a laminectomy where they have to restrict the movement in the spine and sometimes need to place metal struts in there, then down the track a new area of disc damage can occur above that level. This is because the issue that is causing the disc damage has not been addressed.

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