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Palpation of the Iliopsoas

21 January


This technique can be found in Seminar #2 Advanced Techniques for Low Back & Hip. 

A shortened iliopsoas is  frequently associated with an anterior tilt of the pelvis, hyperlordosis and weak lower abdominals. The result is a distorted posture that overloads the back and neck muscles, perpetuating trigger points in these tissues. The victimized muscles may include the hamstrings, gluteals, thoracolumbar paraspinals and posterior cervical muscles.

The iliopsoas and quadratus lumborum muscles are usually involved together through their stabilizing action on the lumbar spine. Bilateral involvement of the psoas leads to bilateral involvement of the quadratus lumborum but one side is usually more severely affected than the other. Other synergistic muscles often involved with iliopsoas trigger points include the rectus abdominis, rectus femoris, tensor fascia lata, pectineus and lumbar paraspinal muscles. Antagonists to the iliopsoas include the gluteus maximus and hamstring muscles. Hamstring tightness and a weak gluteus maximus are often of key importance to most low back pain syndromes.

To access the psoas, it is necessary to transmit the correct force in a downward and medial direction toward the spine, in a “scooping” like action. This can be a difficult technique to learn, but when treated properly, can provide amazing results for many patients with chronic low back issues.


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Theressa McKay (Lacombe)

All RMTs who understand the value of what you’re offering will be benefit greatly!  I have used the techniques that you teach, and they work wonders! If I were to hire any other RMT’s at the clinic, I would insist that they have certificates from your courses. That would ensure me that they are serious about their work and that they have been taught valuable massage techniques.

Sherri Scorah (Wetaskiwin)

I found the whole course to be exceptional. I really appreciate Cheryl’s knowledge and her willingness to share.

Tina Kobi (Tees)

Cheryl is a very approachable, knowledgeable, a highly skilled practitioner and an excellent teacher.
Joanna Romanuk (Sherwood Park)
It was so beneficial to learn from someone with so much experience. Thanks!
Gail Marie Code (Whitecourt)
Thank you so very much Cheryl. We are lucky to have you here so accessible to us. I got way more benefit from the seminar than I expected. Great value for the time and money spent.
Debbie Corbin (Edmonton)
I’ve been using the course material successfully on my clients… and they are happy with the results. Thanks again for your serious/humorous instruction style. I know I will be taking further classes with you.
Judith Dornan (Okotoks)
Very useful techniques with extremely practical treatments that can be incorporated straight into my practice.
Mariette Janisse (Calgary)
The course was well organized with lots of hands on learning opportunity. The time flew by and never felt rushed or that the information was too fast to grasp.