The basis of pelvic balance relies on the ability of all the muscles which attach at the hip and groin to relax and extend after workout or exercise. But as we all know, without stretching post-workout, the muscles remain shortened and develop adhesions or contractures.
Adhesions result when a certain group of muscle fibres stay stuck together after contracting, not releasing and then acting as a group rather than as individual muscle bundles.
A contracture is a knot or trigger point which develops along the muscle belly, usually, because of repeated muscle contracting and not relaxing at that location in the muscle belly.
The result is a developing knot or trigger point in the muscle with the presence of excessive proteins binding the muscle filaments together and trapping lactic acid and other proteins in a knot. Medically it appears the required enzymes necessary for the releasing of these muscles appears to be absent or in short supply at the knot.
Myofascial Release Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy will release both adhesions and contractures. When the muscle doesn’t want to release, the use of these techniques will at the muscle knot locations, and attachment points assist the muscles to release.
How does tight quadriceps and adductors affect ilio-psoas?
By adding external pelvic tension against the hip bone. The attachments of the quadriceps and adductors along the pubic bone and especially upper iliac ( hip bone) pull the iliac into an outflare exerting outward pulling strain on the iliac, straining the iliac, and iliopsoas, as a consequence.
The ilio-psoas is two muscles which are hip flexors and torso flexor. The psoas is combined with the quadratus lumborum at the back of the lumbar acting as your core flexor-extensor combination. Any imbalance will often result in low back pain.
What I have discovered in performing multiple treatments on the ilio-psoas is that there is always accompanied tightness in the adductors and quadriceps on the same side as a tight ilio-psoas.
I have found that releasing the adductors and quadriceps first will result in a lessening of the tension on the iliacus, and ilio-psoas as a consequence.
If you have low back or hip tightness or pain I welcome you to try this therapy approach and be amazed at how quickly the discomfort reduces after treating the adductors and quadriceps.