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I have lower back pain and tightness every day. I do sit in a desk nearly all day as well and know that my Psoas is tight/short. I have been working on some of the Psoas stretches and hoping it helps my back pain.
One stretch that Kelly shows in one of his videos…doing the basic lunge stretch while reaching overhead to grab a door frame or pole to keep your torso upright seems to really hit my hip flexor so and Psoas. However, my back pain actually worsens the next day. Any thoughts? Is this stretch just too much if you are too tight and actually causes more pain than stretching?
Are you maintaining your back position when reaching overhead?
Are you over extending at the hip when you reach overhead?
Thanks for the reply. I have been working on keeping my back position. Can you give me a little more explanation on “extending at the hip”?
One other question you may be able to help me with. When I stand, I find my pelvis arching forward…to the point where I inadvertently stand on my tip-toes (with my heels off the ground) sometimes. Would this be caused by a short psoas? I am trying to make sure I am starting in the right place with my mobility movements. Thanks again for all the info!