Think of the body as a giant pulley system. If one part tightens, it causes stress on another part (front to back as well as top to bottom). Instead of just treating symptoms with heat/ice, etc., it is imperative to get to the root and correct imbalances before chronic pain incurs.
The modern North American lifestyle sits, we sit a lot, in the car, at work or school all day and then the couch all night. All this sitting is causing a host of pains due to the shortening of one of the largest and thickest muscle groups in the body called the psoas. The psoas pronounced so-as, also known as the hip flexor can’t be seen or flexed like a bicep, however their role is very important.
When the psoas tighten, they pull on the opposite muscle group, the back of your legs (hamstrings) resulting in a weak core and posterior chain and a host of structural problems: low back pain sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.
Weakened and tight psoas can impair deep breathing, constrict organs, put pressure on nerves and interfere with the movement of fluids. Chronically tightened psoas send signals to your body that you are in danger, this puts your adrenal glands into over drive leaving you exhausted and depleted, reeking havoc on your immune system.