Sports Massage Demonstration: Psoas Muscle for Back, Butt and Leg Pain, Athletic Tune-Up Austin

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Sports Massage Demonstration: Psoas Muscle for Back, Butt and Leg Pain, Athletic Tune-Up Austin

In this video, sports massage therapist, Ron Vaughn, explains why a tight psoas muscle can lead to pain or discomfort in the lower back, butt, legs, thighs, and core muscles. He demonstrates a unique technique for relaxing the psoas muscle and provides instruction that other therapists may find useful. The psoas muscle is a large part of the hip flexors muscle group and is used every time we walk, run, sit, etc.

Ron graduated in 1997 from Austin Schools of Massage in Austin, TX, and also has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise & Sports Science from Southwest Texas State University (a.k.a. Texas State University of San Marcos).
Ron's knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, health & fitness and his experience in athletic training, sports & recreation give him a unique style of sports massage. Ron uses Swedish massage, hydrotherapy, deep tissue, Myofascial release, and trigger point, (ROM) range of motion, stretching, and strength exercises to correct soft tissue dysfunction. Overuse of injured muscles may often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues, which may become chronic if ignored.

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Author Jenn C (1 month)
It attaches to the lesser trochanter of the femur, not the "femur area".

Author James Gaffney (1 month)
Thank you. Very helpful.

Author Jesse Medin (9 months)
Show us how to hit it 

Author VsPersonalTraining (3 months)
Surely you can't reach the psoas through the stomach

Author joe bloggs (9 months)
when did she climax?

Author Shawna F. Mathieson (3 months)
I have endured back pain for decades till learned a effective treatment.

Author Gary Addis (8 months)
Psyche, you are too far posterior to work the iliopsoas attachment. The
conjoined iliacus and psoas tendon attached to the lesser trochanter of the
femur, which is located medial of anterior thigh and quite deep, and there
on the posterior thigh you are not near it. Working higher, you are
endangering the fragile inguinal ligament at the juncture of abdomen and

No personal insult intended, but your video may be relied upon by students,
or those who want to massage a loved one, and you are providing wrong
information. You should refer to your anatomy textbooks, then redo the
video, correcting your glaring mistakes.

Author HodgsonsNose (8 months)
He's not getting anywhere near the psoas and nor could he. It's very
deep-lying. Everything this guy says is BS. 

Author Camaj Handspun Yarn (7 months)
I'm a physical therapist and I found your vid EXTREMELY helpful! I am
going to use it on a patient today.

Author Matt M (9 months)

Author Brian Burney (11 months)
Excellent demo/discussion. unfortunately many massage therapists do not
adequately cover psoas, obturators, quads & hamstrings. I had low back
pain for months and had a massage by a therapist working at a major ski
area whose obvious focus was lower body work. Following her session which
included psoas release plus streatching & massage of obturators, quads &
hamstrings, I was amazed how good my back felt. You are an excellent mentor
for our develping massage therapists. Thank you for your good work and

Author Matt M (9 months)
way too ruff!

Author ChancetheCanine (5 months)
Good job Ron!! 

Author Gill Williams (11 months)
I have enjoyed watching your techniques and have used them at sporting
events. They have also helped and been informative in my Sports Massage
classes. Thanks :-)

Author Da Hulk (7 months)
I would of gotten really horny if I was him lol 

Author fanofkt (7 months)
Come on. He's digging for labia at 6:15.

Author Chris Stavro (11 months)
you explained all my knee/back problems in one video. Thank you! l have
beef jerky hamstrings, and tight everything. I want to get back to
squatting and deadlifts...l can't even touch my toes yet. l'll look for a
good sports massage therapist in my arrea.

Author shelly caldeira (9 months)
Thank you for sharing.

Author Leon Stroman (11 months)
Great video and very informative. Know some releases but have never
massaged in the fold area. Massaging and flexing the ligament is especially
helpful. Thanx

Author Pax Vidz (1 year)
I really liked it. Few people really share N not really reveal what is
happening at your muscle structure level. It's really good to show with the

Author MrsGxoxo (9 months)
I would do this hand over hand-the therapists hand is over and guiding the
patients-especially a male therapist on a female.......but this was a good
video on this often over looked mm for low back pain. It's one I often
educate my clients on.

Author GER6655 (8 months)
Was wondering,what would u think is the cause/treatment for nerve pain in
FRONT of both my leggs.Have disc damage in L4 L5.MRI scan shows no nerves
being touched..

Author Jeanette lingley (1 year)
Hi, I enjoyed the different ways to get to the psoas,thanks,,and you are
funny also which makes it fun to watch.. :)

Author Patrick McManus (9 months)
It is excellent. It is exactly where is tight like a piece of wood on my
left leg. I was told for $$$$$ that my left hip is less mobile by
Feldenkrais therapists taugt by Moshe Feldenkrais himself. They have no
idea how your body is put together. I do not know how to find someone in
San Francisco. Really appreciated you putting up the video. Liana 

Author Matt M (9 months)
So many massage therapists forget there is a human under their hands 

Author ThumbsUpBrah (9 months)
Just saw this clip on Chelsey Handler show on E! network 3/18/2014. Nvm it
was a Repeat.

Author Julie Huerta (1 year)
thank you soooo much, just what i wanted to hear knew this was my problem
starting with hip pain and now lower back .went to ortho dr today and was
not happy at all with him telling me the psoas has nothing to do with back
its a seperate problem did not even lay a hand on me .and wanted to do
xrays per protocal than mri i dodged it all just to get straight to therapy
hopefully it will be like your video i just watched love that you love and
think of this so cool knowing how it all functions ,great explantions 

Author Moris L (9 months)
Physical Therapists treat hot looking women better than an average looking
man like me. They barely do anything for me when I was at their offices. I
am coming on YouTube to look for self massage tips so I can do it myself.

Author occupytosavetheworld (9 months)
i couldnt focus long enough to wait for the blood to get back to my brain. 

Author Hassan zam (8 months)
U should fuck her

Author Steve Sims (1 year)
Hey Man, Its Very Informative video thank's for sharing...!

Author ilyjax (1 year)
2:34 I can see her v*egina moving... :/

Author James DeGroff (1 year)
best intro. lol

Author kathleenlovesfittnes (1 year)
Thank you for the informative video. Obviously the other negative
disgusting porn comments have never had any major muscle problems except
for their brains. As Forrest Gump once said "YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!

Author Augie Porcayo (2 years)
I'm in serious sore pain in my thighs that I can't even bend my knees

Author ClaireSuperNana (3 years)

Author Mahesh Gawli (1 year)
today i came to realize what problem i have been facing since few months.

Author bigchris3121 (1 year)
Tupac spoke fluidly because it was from his heart and flowed.

Author Gina Miller (1 year)
THANK YOU! I have been having issues, that I believe are all related to
this muscle...time for some serious massage.

Author dadondutta (2 years)
thanks alot for that, ive emailed him and hes been helping me

Author Vincent Wong (2 years)
Thank you

Author Athletic Tune-Up Professionals (3 years)
@silverton7777 Thanks for watching, I'm just doing an experiment on the

Author zosojb (1 year)
She has a phat kitty

Author dadondutta (2 years)
could you give me any advice to help

Author Athletic Tune-Up Professionals (3 years)
@Chesterdacat try working on the adductors, and release the pes anserine

Author John Rebel (1 year)
Sounded like Ronnie Coleman was hooting and hollering in the background

Author kjek1 (2 years)
Cheers! Great vid, much better when the Masseur actually explains whats
going on and what hes doing :-)

Author Julie B (1 year)
I think u should do a Demo of the back and neck!! Also the ankle maybe!

Author Brent Corvalan (1 year)
This is hilarious! This guy makes it so awkward LMAO

Author NooseForAGiant (1 year)
I love me a good cooter massage.

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