ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio Blog

February 22, 2024

Pilates Exercise: Jack Knife

Pilates Jack Knife is an intermediate Pilates mat exercise. In the classical Pilates mat sequence it follows Neck Pull. The Jack Knife is often considered the […]
February 15, 2024

Pilates Exercise: Hip Twist 

The Pilates Hip Twist is an advanced Pilates mat exercise. It demands a high level of control, coordination, and centering, three of the main principles of […]
January 31, 2024

Orthopedic Problems Solved by Physical Therapy

The most common reasons patients need or request physical therapy are orthopedic reasons, even if the patient is not aware that the problem is orthopedic. Simply […]
January 29, 2024

Pilates Exercise: Boomerang

Pilates Exercise: Boomerang What is the Pilates exercise Boomerang? Pilates boomerang is an advanced Pilates mat exercise for the entire body. It requires all six of […]
December 15, 2023

Sitting Pretty Workshop offered by Dr. Karyn Staples at ProHealth

People were not created to sit all day. In generations past, being active was a requirement of everyday life for most people to survive, as typical […]
December 6, 2023

Pilates Myth 2: Pilates Reformers are intimidating

If you think Pilates reformers are intimidating, you are not alone. But fear not, anyone who loves the reformer was once a beginner! With springs, straps […]
December 6, 2023

Pilates Myth 3: Pilates requires flexibility

Are you feeling a little stiff and sore? Do you find simple daily movements have slowly become increasingly uncomfortable? If you think it’s too late to improve […]
November 24, 2023

Pilates Myth 1: Pilates is a FAD

This article is the first of a 3 article series covering the top 3 myths of Pilates. In this article, we’ll deeply dive into why Pilates […]
November 13, 2023

Physical Therapy – Active Release Technique decreases pain while increasing mobility

In the 1980s a young chiropractor named Dr. Michael Leahy was becoming more dissatisfied with traditional soft-tissue treatment methods, especially for professional and Olympic athletes who […]
November 2, 2023

Debunking the Top 3 Myths of Pilates

Pilates is loved by many and yet, there remains several myths about Pilates. In this article, we’ll briefly cover the top 3 myths of Pilates; Pilates […]
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.