Many muscular imbalances can contribute to low back pain but this muscle is often overlooked.
The Psoas muscle group (shown in the picture above and the video below) runs from the legs, goes through the abdomen, and then attaches to the spine.
When this muscle group becomes tight it pulls on the low back causing tension, pressure on the intervertebral discs, and results in hyper-lordosis and pain.
There are acupuncture treatments that can work wonders to release the muscles that are stuck in a state of tension. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment tool for pain syndromes as it works on the underlying nervous system issue that is preventing the body from healing. However, treatment should be combined with stretching and manual release techniques which can be done at home.
I suggest the use of a small ball placed under the abdomen when lying face down. A Baseball will work fine. You have to feel for dull achy areas where the tension is highest. Let gravity do the work.
A foam roller can be used to release the front leg muscles (hip flexors).
After releasing the muscles you need to stretch them. This hip flexor stretch will also stretch the psoas muscle group.
Even better if you can arch back while stretching and elevate your lower leg. Hold the stretches for 30 seconds to a minute each side.
Do the release techniques and stretches daily for the best results. If pain continues or worsens then make sure you have a proper evaluation by a licensed professional.
Holistic & Integrative Medicine