My Iliopsoas Dysfunction Discovery and Yoga
I'm a 56 year old female. I have had chronic back pain for over a decade. I have been to many doctors and every time they found nothing. I had the usual battery of tests (MRI, X-rays, Sonograms and Bone Scans).
Other than revealing that I had burgeoning osteoarthritis, nothing was found. Lying down at night was the worst. It required an army of pillows just to find a position that could allow me to sleep pain free for a few hours.
Ten months ago I started to do yoga. I thought this form of exercise might bring me some relief. It initially did not. I discovered many weak muscles and badly contracted muscles in my core area. It was challenging and many times I almost gave up.
Around six months of practice I had a breakthrough. I noticed that my hip flexors were beginning to become more flexible. I also read the information about Iliopsoas Dysfunction contained in this website around that time.
I surmised that I might be suffering from this condition. I concentrated my exercise efforts in this area and started to do yoga five to eight hours a week. This regiment has brought me significant pain relief.
Now I practice yoga 8-10 hours a week and my pain is almost gone. I rarely use anti inflammatory drugs anymore. There are many forms of yoga but any style will do at the beginning. I really recommend Restorative Yoga be included in anyone's Yoga activities. It is the best at relieving chronic pain.