ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio Blog

May 30, 2024

Why do you go see a physical therapist?

Ask people that question and the most common answer, by far, will include the word “injury” or “accident.” Perhaps the most common misconception about physical therapy […]
May 15, 2024

The Guide to Home Pilates equipment Options

May 2024 Home Pilates equipment has many options, but making the right choice for your practice is essential. This blog post will cover simple at-home Pilates […]
May 8, 2024

Foam Rollers in Pilates – More Than a Muscle Relaxer

Foam rollers do more than massage your sore muscles. They challenge your core work, improve mobility, and mimic a reformer carriage on the mat. Using the […]
April 26, 2024

Is Physical Therapy Supposed To Hurt?

Pain comes in many different forms. When getting treatment such as physical therapy for a specific problem, patients need to understand what kind of pain they […]
April 10, 2024

Pilates For Tight Shoulders

Our sedentary modern lifestyle makes tight shoulders very common. Pilates is an excellent option to improve shoulder mobility, reduce neck pain, and improve your posture. In […]
April 3, 2024

Foot Alignment in Pilates

Pilates is synonymous with core strength; however, foot alignment is foundational at all levels of this popular mind-body method. Healthy foot alignment can create a domino […]
March 27, 2024

Postpartum Pilates

Pilates may seem like the last thing you have time for with a baby in your arms. Yet, Postpartum Pilates can serve a new mom well […]
March 25, 2024

Dizzy Come, Dizzy Go: ProHealth Education Focuses on Understanding and Treating Dizziness

Do you ever get dizzy and you just don’t know why? You stand up and the world around you starts spinning. Other people see you and […]
March 20, 2024

Pilates During Pregnancy

Pilates during pregnancy is an enjoyable, low-stress way to exercise with a bun in the oven. Not only is prenatal Pilates safe, but it has many […]
March 13, 2024

Misconceptions About Physical Therapy

The term “physical therapy” is well known in the healthcare realm. But it is far from a foregone conclusion that patients understand what it is all […]
September 10, 2020

Psoas, so what?: What is the deal with the psoas and why is it important?

You may be saying, “What is the psoas anyway?”

For many of us, psoas (pronounced “so-as”) a completely foreign term to our ears or eyes. For some of us, we know this word better as “hip-flexor.” Without getting too complicated, the psoas is a muscle which helps to bring the leg toward the torso (hip flexion) or vice versa. It also plays a roll in some side bending of the spine (lateral flexion). To be a little more complicated, the psoas is composed of the psoas major and minor (fun fact: the psoas minor only exists in a certain percentage of people). Major attaches from the lower lumbar (low back) spine through the pelvis, to the inner portion of the leg bones. It is the deepest muscle in the core and the only muscle that attaches the spine or torso to the legs directly.

Functionally, the psoas plays a major role in the position of the body in seated, walking, and even in standing.