Myofascial Release for the Hip Flexors (Psoas, Iliacus, Iliopsoas)

Myofascial Release lengthens and releases the fascia in shortened hip flexors

When our hip flexors become chronically shortened and the myofascial spaces have lost their gliding fluids, we use myofascial release to help them regain their normal working length again. Myofascial Release is a special kind of massage work for connective tissue, the myofascia, surrounding and infusing the muscle. Myofascial Release helps the fascia return to its normal shape and length. The connective tissue tends to 'bunch up', remaining in that position in order to support the body in the best way. 


Myofascial Release for the Hip Flexors

When we put our bodies in a posture for long periods, the fascial coverings of our muscles adapt to that posture. Myofascial Release is a method which helps return the connective tissue envelopes of our muscles to the proper position. 

Sitting shortens the hip flexors and dehydrates the spaces between layers of the myofascia

Connective Tissue which wraps each layer of muscle is designed to glide over itself with the help of lubricating fluid between its layers. When we hold one position for a long period of time, the fluids which lubricate the layers of connective tissue migrate out of these compressed spaces. The layers then begin to stick together. When we try and elongate the muscle again, stuck layers of myofascia will inhibit our movement and make it painful.

As you can see, the hip flexors are strong internal core muscles which connect the thigh bones to the pelvis and to the back. When these muscles adapt to being shortened, they can put enormous pressure on our lumbar spine and inside the pelvic bowl when we try to stand up. Standing opens the hips and elongates these muscles.

Myofascial Release for the psoas (iliopsoas) can be very helpful for relieving back pain

Myofascial Release for the psoas (iliopsoas) can be very helpful for relieving back pain

When we sit for long periods of time, our hips are at an angle to our torso. This means that our hip flexors, the deep muscles which move our thighs in relationship to our trunk, are in a constantly shortened position. Over time, the connective tissue which infuses these muscles, the myofascia, adapts to this position.

How does Myofascial Release work?

Myofascial Release can be deep work, and it can also be gentle. It is applied slowly over longer periods of time to 'unkink' the myofascia. This opens the spaces between the layers, re-lubricating the tissues and restoring normal glide and normal resting muscle length. Using long, slow holds, we gradually open the myofascial tissue spaces, returning the muscle to its normal resting length again. Sometimes limited range of motion can be caused by contractions and myofascial trigger points. Often, it is just a result of a limitation within the myofascia itself. 

Is there Myofascial Release near me?

Absolutely! My studio, Living Energy Massage and Healing, is located in North Asheville, conveniently accessible to you. I also have a location in Burnsville, NC.