For many therapists, treating low back pain is the number one issue for their patients. While there are likely a myriad of causes for this pain, the biggest factor is the iliopsoas muscle. When the iliopsoas muscle becomes contracted due to injuries, poor posture, extended stints of sitting, or even stress, it can alter the biomechanics of the pelvis and lumbar, thoracic, and even cervical vertebrae. Called the “hidden prankster” by authors Janet Travell and David Simons, this enigmatic muscle is the key to restoring power, ease, and fluidity to not only the low back but also to the rest of the body. Since the iliopsoas can be distorted simply by the ways we stand, sit, and even walk and ultimately affects our spine and pelvis, it is crucial we understand this muscle and the various ways we can bring balance and restoration to our patients.
In this 1-day seminar, participants explore various releasing techniques and stretching strategies for the iliopsoas and the secondary thigh flexors. The primary method used, called Muscle Swimming, incorporates elements of deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point techniques in order to glide the fascial layers and involve the neurology of active muscle contraction. This lab-intensive course is essential for any rehab or medical professional working toward assisting their clients and helping them achieve an injury-free state.