Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Psoas


The psoas is a muscle that has received large amounts of discussion in varying circles. It has been called the “muscle of the soul“. There have been many other suggestions as to connections the psoas has between mechanical dysfunction and seemingly correlated physiological dysfunction…that is not what will be discussed here. Before even attempting to consider possible physiological dysfunctions related to the psoas we have another problem, and it seems like a bit of a big deal, we are not presented with any form of consistent agreement as far as the full functional role of the psoas. The psoas is a muscle of investigative controversy! So, let us take a look at some of the available information and see where it points us.

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Location, Location, Location…Where Muscle Spindles Tend To Live

IMG_0830Muscle spindles (and golgi tendon organs aka GTO) are generally responsible for modulating muscular contraction. There are full on reflexes associated with both the muscle spindle (stretch reflex) and the GTO (golgi tendon reflex). Although there are full reflexes associated with the muscle spindle (muscle contracts more) and the GTO (muscle relaxes) we will be trying to find where the muscle spindles live so we may further understand the areas where muscles may be more likely to have more reflexive modulation which will suggest functional differences (and we won’t be guessing…this information exists).

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Meditations 5

IMG_0220An intelligent mind is constantly learning. – An intelligent mind is one which is constantly learning, never concluding – styles and patterns have come to conclusion, therefore they [have] ceased to be intelligent. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living) Continue reading

The Principles That Show Up Everywhere…

IMG_0816Osteopathic manual therapeutics are based on mechanical principles. They are often discussed poorly within the profession however they do form the basis of the concept that governs the manual aspects. These concepts hold true in other manual professions as well. These concepts are present in heavy industry, engineering, math, and anywhere else you look.

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Quadratus Lumborum – The Masquerader: Because Functional Anatomy Says So

IMG_0784The quadratus lumborum seems to be a muscle which receives discussion without investigation. The lack of investigation became irritating so I took a look at information that is readily available because the QL is visibly small compared to the muscles that surround it. In looking at readily available information I found some answers…with more questions attached.

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My Neck Hurts, Why Are You Checking My Legs?

IMG_0505For an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, the whole body needs to be assessed to see where problems are coming from. When something is not moving properly it will put strain on other areas of the body. Continue reading

Meditations 4

The importance of adaptation – The inability to adapt brings destruction. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living)


The adaptive mind – That of not being tense but ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being rigidly set but flexible. Aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. (Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living) Continue reading