Could a tight psoas be the culprit behind erectile dysfunction? Turns out, it could be. Dr. Austin explains.
DEAR PSOAS: The Psoas is a very important muscle that can have a tremendous impact on the system. This muscle attaches to the transverse processes of the lumbar spine and the top of the femur. When this muscle spasms or tightens, it can impact the low back by compressing discs, causing pain in the low back as well as restricting range of motion through the hip flexors. Another major problem that occurs that is often not associated with muscle spasm is the effect on the digestion and sexual functions of the body. If the Psoas spasms and pulls the lumbar vertebrae out of alignment, the nerves leaving the spine at those segments can become impacted, altering systemic function. Misalignment in the lumbar spine can lead to issues like erectile dysfunction, bladder and prostate issues and intestinal distress, to name a few. Acupressure, massage and foam rolling are good for getting the muscle to release. Unfortunately, the systemic dysfunction caused by the psoas is often treated with pharmaceuticals. This can lead to other dangerous side effects and problems without ever really treating the cause. Chiropractic will be the best solution to correct the cause, by realigning the vertebrae that are contributing to the nerve dysfunction.
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