To see if your psoas is tight…
1. Lie on an elevated, firm surface.
2. Hang one leg over the edge and gently hug the other leg in towards your chest, being careful to keep your pelvis from tilting. If you hug it too tightly, your lower back will flatten against the floor, tilting the pelvis out of a neutral position.
3. If your hanging leg is hovering in the air and not in contact with the edge of the table, your hip flexors (iliopsoas) are too short and tight.
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To see if your psoas is weak…
1. Standing up straight, pull one knee in towards your chest as high as you can (above 90 degrees).
2. Keeping it there for 30 seconds, notice what is happening. Is your back rounding to compensate for your hip flexors? Were you unable to hold it above a right angle for 30 seconds?
3. If so, you should suspect weakness in your psoas. If you felt your lower abdomen working and successfully held your leg up, you have probably have adequate psoas strength.
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Of course, if you suspect any lower body issues, always seek out the advice of a professional immediately.
A healthy psoas assists in nearly everything, from balancing to walking, running to sitting. If you take care of your psoas, it will take good care of you. How does your psoas feel today?